23.02.15 by Jeff

The Liberia Pure Honey Project

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My friends, photographers Andrew Querner and Nich McElroy, have just launched The Liberia Pure Honey Project. It’s a benefit exhibition in support of Universal Outreach Foundation​’s ongoing work in Liberia, West Africa. In cooperation with the Liberia Beekeepers Association, UOF has organized the country’s first beekeeper training program and helped create Liberia Pure Honey, a social enterprise that buys, packages, and sells Liberian honey in local grocery stores. In the wake of the ebola crisis, UOF and Liberia Pure Honey are well positioned to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the nation’s economic recovery.

All proceeds from the sale of limited edition prints will be donated directly to UOF and earmarked for the support and expansion of their beekeeper training program. Following the exhibition’s opening on March 5th in Vancouver, all works will be available for purchase from the Liberia Pure Honey tumblr.

There have been so many beautiful images donated to this project, and by many of my favourite photographers! Take a look at more images below.

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03.02.15 by Jeff

Book Giveaway: Luke Ramsey “Intelligent Sentient?”

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My friends at Drawn and Quarterly sent over an advance copy of Luke Ramsey’s new book Intelligent Sentient? and is a quiet masterpiece. There are so many layers to the book, which is textless aside from a brief foreword.

To me, the book is about questioning the relationship between everything around us, and inside us, and the very idea of us. The story, if you can call it a story, features work by an all-star cast of illustrators: Jon Boam, Emmanuel Romeuf, Jesse Jacobs, Ekta, Andy Rementer, Tommi Musturi, Michael DeForge, Miss Lotion, Finlay Pogue, Remed, and of course Luke Ramsey himself. Each artist contributed a two page environment, with their own “version of an anti-character, a de-evolved human from a grey race”.

If you are excited about all this I have good news, I have a copy of the book to give away to one of you! If you’d like to snag the book, use the comments below to tell me something you’ve learned about yourself, or your environment, in recent years. We’ll pick a winner in two weeks!

If you live in Vancouver, I have even more exciting news! Luke Ramsey will be at Lucky’s Comics this Friday, February 6th, at 7pm, launching his book, and showing a slideshow!

Take a look at some images from the book below!

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Sythe “Just You”

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Another lo-fi chilled out video animated by Tim Hoyle aka El Tacodor, this time for Vancouver-based Sythe. Watch the video below.

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15.12.14 by Jeff

Ben Skinner

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Vancouver-based artist Ben Skinner is making some of my favourite work right now. I feel like a lot of artists making text-based work can sort of get stuck producing the same work over and over but Ben is constantly trying something completely new. Whether he uses paint, or sprinkles, or plaster, or mirrors, there’s a brilliantly absurd quality to it all. And if you look for long enough many of the dad jokes become something quite profound.

Lots more images below.

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09.12.14 by Jeff

Vancouver: The New Pornographers Private Show

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Google Play Music just hooked me up with 5 tickets (each good for 2 people) to a private concert Thursday night and I wanna give them away to you guys. Google is hosting concerts in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver featuring bands native to each city. Our concert features The New Pornographers! The first five people that comment on this post with their favourite New Pornographers song get the tickets!

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05.12.14 by Jeff

Grant Harder

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Photos by Vancouver-based photographer Grant Harder. More below.

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02.12.14 by Jeff

Sara Cwynar

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Works by Vancouver-born, New York-based, artist Sara Cwynar. More below.

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24.11.14 by Jeff

Daniel de Amaral

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Photos by Vancouver-based photographer Daniel de Amaral. More below.

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