Photos by Arseni Khamzin. More below.
Artist Janet Echelman, known for her beautiful large outdoor sculptures made of nets, is set to install her largest work to date in Vancouver! She is personally borrowing funds to cover the cost of installing the work and a non-profit called Burrard Arts Foundation has stepped in to try and help her make this sculpture a reality.
Watch the video below explaining the proposed piece for Vancouver, and if you want to support the project jump over to Kickstarter.
Photo credit: @DustinTimms
The saga of Dude Chilling Park has a happy ending! I can’t remember the last time a petition actually worked but this time it has!
Over a year ago The Province Newspaper reported that Guelph Park’s official sign had been secretly replaced by someone “who put a lot of effort into crafting the counterfeit, which even features the official Vancouver Parks and Recreation crest”.
The sign was a reference to a super chill statue of a dude, reclining on the grass. It was completely harmless and funny but was eventually removed by the parks board.
My photo of the dude chilling statue.
This week the Vancouver Parks Board approved the re-installation of the sign! (source) The park right by my house will have the best name in the history of park names, forever.
Thank you Viktor Briestensky for creating my favourite piece of public art in Vancouver, before you left town.
My friend Rebecca Chaperon gave me two signed copies of her new book “Eerie Dearies”, featuring a painting for each letter of the alphabet. I’m keeping one book, and I’ll give the other one to anyone willing to come get it from me (meaning someone in, or close to, Vancouver).
Have a peek inside the book below. If you wanna snag the book leave a comment with a sentence about your favourite letter of the alphabet.
Not too long ago I was approached by Aritzia to make some t-shirts for their new line, La Notte. I don’t know anything about women’s fashion but I thought it would be fun to work with one of Vancouver’s largest brands.
I designed a little collection of five t-shirts for them, and I called it “Dreaming About Living The Dream”. I’m not sure how many t-shirts were made in total, but if you want one they are now for sale over HERE.
This week I’ll be launching a project on our Instagram and giving away two complete sets of t-shirts, so stay tuned for that!
Here’s a lovely interview with my friend, Hong Kong-born, Berlin-based, artist Andrea Wan as she prepares for her first solo show, in Denmark. Vancouver really misses you Andrea, me especially.
I love the part where she talks about the improvised stories she used to tell into a tape recorder when she was younger. Things like that can unlock ideas that are buried deep in your subconscious.
My mom kept an old journal of mine from grade 3, and when I found it a few years ago, it was hilarious to see how many of the stories were about someone getting lost. It didn’t matter if it was a boy, a snail, a knight. No matter what happened in the beginning and middle of my stories, somewhere near the end, whoever it was, they got lost. I guess it was my biggest fear at the time.
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This is a special message for the Booooooom readers out there who really make running this site a lot of fun. These people regularly post encouraging comments to artists and make an extra effort to engage with each other. Each month there are literally hundreds of thousands of people lurking around on this site anonymously, which is great, but I created this site to get to know people.
I reached out to Chronicle Books with the idea to reward our most active commenters, and they happily allowed me pick out a book from their catalog to send as a gift.
The 18 readers listed above have left the most comments since we switched to our new commenting system. Thank you so much for helping me create a real community here. Each one of you will receive a copy of Danielle Krysa’s new book “Creative Block” when it ships in February.
Danielle runs a site called The Jealous Curator and I chose her book because I’m also working on a project about pushing through creative blocks.
I appreciate it when people get actively involved, and do it and for no other reason than to connect with others. If you have any suggestions for growing the community aspects of Booooooom this next year, please leave a comment or tweet your ideas to me.
Merry Christmas, everyone!