Archive for Writing

How to Look at a Vancouver Special: Review

How to Look at a Vancouver Special: Review

In his book, How to Look at a Vancouver Special, Keith Higgins, a Vancouver based artist and writer, offers an in-depth look at the cultural and historical significance of the boxy homes that dot the Vancouver landscape known as the Vancouver Specials.  The book is…

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Cosmic Translations: Guo Fengyi

Cosmic Translations: Guo Fengyi

Walking through Guo Fengyi’s solo show at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery is a disorienting experience. Disorienting because the show itself seems to offer a badly needed counterpoint to the mindset in Vancouver – a mindset that places value on the rational over the spiritual, the…

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Playing Homage

Playing Homage

In a profession notorious for taking itself too seriously, the Contemporary Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Playing Homage, curated by Jenifer Papararo, is a refreshingly self-reflective look at the artist as subject. This group show features international artists Martin Kippenberger, Evan Lee, Kerstin Cmelka, Rodney Graham,…

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The Crepes that Changed My Life

The Crepes that Changed My Life

The title does not belong to me.  It belongs to friends of mine who recently shared a story about how things began to make sense to them over a couple of crepes. It got me to thinking about the correlation between pivotal life moments and…

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