21 Mar 2015

The Lightshed

If you visit this tiny house on stilts, you’ll hear kids and adults talking about climbing inside and claiming this hobbit house on the sea as their own. Lightshed was created by Vancouver artist and Emily Carr professor Liz Magor and installed in 2004. Magor won the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2014

18 Mar 2015

Theresa Edwards

Tread carefully if you are walking by Theresa Edwards’ kitchen. You might be lured in by the glorious smells bubbling up from her magic pot: cedar, vanilla bourbon, bergamot. You just don’t want to stumble in when she is adding all-natural lye to water. This caustic soda is well named.

14 Mar 2015

TERBYWONDER

I first heard about Terrence TERBYWONDER Bunting through another gifted artist. The two of them were guests at a ‘do anything you want to the walls, for tomorrow we renovate’ party. Everyone was busy painting, but gradually the others dropped their own brushes to stare at TERBYWONDER. The artist was swiftly filling

12 Mar 2015

Lenin’s Head Is Gone

In 2010, Vladimir Lenin landed in Richmond. Well, his 8,800 pound head did and, as the title noted, Miss Mao was trying to poise herself atop it. The piece quickly became a source of loud debate. It was wonderful, it was disrespectful, it was curious, it was inflammatory. This politically provocative stainless steel sculpture was

12 Mar 2015

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Fountain

It was in 1971 that this bronze and steel fountain started flowing outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The nestled orbs were designed by prolific sculptor Gerhard Hans Class and a gift from the German-Canadian Centennial Committee of BC  to the city of Vancouver.

10 Mar 2015

Susan Almrud

When I am interviewing Susan Almrud, she is in New York’s JFK airport, soon to fly off to London, Geneva and Paris. Such is the life of an international art advisor. Such is the life that Almrud used to dream about when she lived in Vancouver. And, bold step by

07 Mar 2015

Steven Lu

“The more pictures you see,” Robert Mapplethorpe said, “the better you are as a photographer.” Steven Lu has seen a lot of pictures. He has studied photography, chaired photography clubs, shot alongside industry photographers and worked for two years at Broadway Camera. Lu has always scrutinized his own work closely.

05 Mar 2015

The Drop

Does it rain in Vancouver? Who wants to know? Not if the past few days have been any indication. For those days when we forget our liberal skies, the Vancouver Convention Centre offers a steely reminder. The Drop is the blue steel creation of Inges Idee, a collaboration of four German artists: Hans

05 Mar 2015

The Dunbar Simpsons Mural

Dunbar and 41st is not where one would expect to find elaborate graffiti murals. Yet, there in the IGA parking lot is a colourful swirl of characters that includes Homer Simpson’s extended family and Moe the barkeep. Most improbably, these citizens of Springfield find themselves neighbour to Mother Theresa.  

04 Mar 2015

Dana Mooney

She had been dreaming about it for a while. Finally, one year ago, she did it. One year ago, Dana Mooney left her day job and started working full-time as a painter. “It was the scariest moment of my life. It’s still scary.” Mooney had been painting since she was