Today from 11am to 2pm I’ll be at the Juice Truck shop (5th and Ontario) decorating pencils with anyone who wants to join me! Feel free to bring a pencil and art supplies or just show up without anything as I’ll have a ton of pencils, felts, paint, xacto blades, wood burners – whatever you want.
FYI – Anyone who mails pencils this week is eligible to snag one of three copies of the first-ever Booooooom book (I was given a few advanced copies, the book comes out in a couple months)! Include your mailing address when you email in your photo.
If you haven’t heard, we’re working with Tangible Interaction to build a collaborative sculpture in Barcelona for the IAM INTERNET festival. We’re using 3D-printed connectors to build a sculpture out of pencils mailed in from around the world. We want you to be a part of it!
1. Get a new or used pencil. The pencil can be round or hexagonal but should be standard width (if the pencil is too thick it will not fit our connectors) .
2. Use felts, paint, x-acto knife, whatever you want to decorate/personalize it. Include your name and city somewhere on it.
3. Photograph yourself holding your pencil. This part is optional but we would love to have a gallery of portraits of all the contributors.
4. Email your photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full mailing address (if you wanna be eligible to snag a book).
5. Mail your pencil (you can send as many as you like) to:
304 – 1000 Parker Street
Vancouver BC V6A 2H2
Attn: Andres Colmenares
Carrer Sant Gervasi de Cassoles 37
6-3. 08022, Barcelona, Spain
Deadline for pencils is March 16th.
Digital artist Nicolas Sassoon curates an exhibition featuring four artists whose works incorporates metaphysical themes in a time of digital creativity. This group of artists (with the exception of Brenna Murphy) was originally involved in an early web-based collective entitled ‘Computers Club’, producing images, GIFs, videos and HTML pages exhibited online.
Brenna Murphy displays prints and sculptures resembling electronic circuits from another primitive ethnographic time, Sara Ludy crafts a poetic multi-media sculpture on the connection between physical and digital body, Laura Brothers draws enigmatic figures through noisy pixels and minimal geometry, while Krist Wood elaborates composite images of atmospheric dreams.
This is the first of two interviews examining how galleries are approaching the shift in contemporary art production and exhibition in an era of personal computing. I talk to Nicolas about the show, the transference from digital files to physical spaces, and how independent galleries are adapting to these shifts.
I’m excited to finally announce the official release of “Skate Heads” our art/skate film, directed by Vancouver-based Zenga Bros. This film is part of an ongoing collaboration between Booooooom and Flexfit, to give emerging creators a chance turn a dream project into reality.
In the Zenga Bros own words:
“Skate Heads was a way to combine a bunch of things we really like: mobile living spaces, DIY skateboarding and ECCENTRIFING THE WORLD! It’s about bringing something unexpected into the streets and having a rad time.
Skateboarding is inherently about adapting and repurposing the urban landscape, but somehow even skateboarding can settle into a complacent state, where certain approaches become the norm. When street skating first started it was weird and abrasive, and that’ll always be there with wheels rattling down the sidewalk, but it’s good to remind ourselves to maintain a sense of foolishness, exploration and wonder; that is skateboarding. For us, making a backyard ramp was the ultimate form of creating our own adventure playground. Skate Heads has been a continuation of that.”
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.
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!
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.