Vancouver-based artist Drake Pickel aka Chrome Destroyer is utilizing Cinema 4D to create a new artwork every day this year. The series offers a twist on classical sculptures and busts. See more images below.
Every week I try to send out some interesting links to our Booooooom Secret Email Club and if you’re one of the subscribers you saw the insane video of Spencer Seabrooke walking a highline (without a harness) 64m long and 291m high in Squamish, British Columbia. I live about an hour from this spot; it’s called The Chief. I’ve hiked the peaks many times, and it’s unfathomable to me that someone would stand at the top and consider doing this.
This new video below will give you much better context for the record-breaking feat. Filmmaker Levi Allen put together a fascinating portrait of the slacklining and highlining community in Vancouver, and documented Spencer as he worked his way up to breaking the free solo highline record. It’s also worth noting that Levi made this film while living out of his van, without any outside funding.
Watch the video “Untethered” below.
#SHOOTITYOURSELF, a new video series by #TheCreatorClass and Canon, features some of Instagram’s most popular photographers sharing some insights into how they create their signature images. In this episode, Dylan Furst (@fursty) explores some of the beautiful trails in Vancouver’s backyard.
Watch the video below!
Heads up local people, Vancouver Art/Book Fair opens next week (October 17th-18th) at the Vancouver Art Gallery! Hooray! Last year’s event was amazing, and this year’s looks like it will be bigger and better with more than 70 exhibitors and great lineup of presenters.
The event is organized each year by Project Space, a non-profit dedicated to publication as an artistic practise. Translation: If you’re into books and zines you do not want to miss it! The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is actually the reason I got to be real life friends with Hugh from Landfill Editions after admiring what he does from afar for so long (we even went on a hike). So you might even make some new friends! Put it in your calendar.
Artist Luke Ramsey recently came to Vancouver to paint a little mural in Strathcona. If you wanna go see it, it’s on the side of Savoury Chef’s building (1175 Union St), right on the bike route.
I went out there with a few times during the week, with a little camera, to put together a qiuck edit of the mural process. The words “Joy So Zo Love Yanum” appear abstractly in the mural as a tribute to Luke’s friend who passed away.
The design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery has been unveiled! Designed by acclaimed Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the proposed gallery will be 230 feet tall and have a total floor area of 310,000 square feet (85,000 of which will be dedicated exhibition space). There will be a library and 350-seat theatre, and it will all be primarily made of wood! While the design is impressive, the project is expected to cost $350 million. That’s not only $50 million more than expected but far from the $73 million raised so far.
I personally love the building design; the scale, the striking silhouette, and the carefully considered windows in the upper levels rather than yet another all glass addition to the boring Vancouver skyline. I just don’t know how our city is going to afford it (I hope we can). If it is indeed built, it will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first building in Canada. More renderings of the proposed design below!
Another entertaining instalment of Tony Zhou’s ongoing series, Every Frame a Painting. This time around, Zhou focuses on his hometown of Vancouver, B.C. pointing out the nagging contradiction that, despite being the third biggest film city in North America, Vancouver Never Plays Itself! While detailing just how easy it is to disguise a generic, chameleon-like city like Vancouver as someplace else, Zhou also questions what it means that Vancouver is so often the location of a filmset but never the setting of the movie. Watch below!