Renowned glassblower’s work featured in ‘deeply personal’ show

Naoko Takenouchi glass sculptures featured at The Spirit Messenger Show from Feb. 15-March 7 at VisualSpace Gallery.

Opening Feb. 15, the Spirit Messenger Show is a sculpture and art exhibition featuring work by Naoko Takenouchi.

The exhibit includes pieces familiar to fans and collectors of the renowned glassblower. As well, three large installation pieces are featured. The show runs at VisualSpace Gallery until March 7.

According to the artist, the Spirit Messenger Show is deeply personal and tells a story.

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Renowned glassblower’s work featured in ‘deeply personal’ show

Yoko Ono piece coming to Vancouver

Yoko Ono circa 1967. Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection.

A 50-year-old installation by Yoko Ono is coming to Vancouver.

Mend Piece is an “instructional work… Illustrating Ono’s long-standing artistic quest in social activism and world peace,” according to presenter the Rennie Museum.

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Yoko Ono piece coming to Vancouver

Hot Art Wet City says Goodbye, Vancouver, with Bad People, and more

Folks at the 2016 CARDED! art party. Chris Bentzen/flickr photo.

Hot Art Wet City, one of the hippest galleries in the city, is closing. But there’s still plenty happening at the space on Main Street, at least until the end of this month.

From a final exhibit that features lurid, postcard-size art to the city’s most popular (and possibly only) amateur drawing night to an art-card trading show, Hot Art Wet City isn’t leaving quietly.

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Hot Art Wet City says Goodbye, Vancouver, with Bad People, and more

New Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibit Shows You What It’s Like To Live Like A Rock Star In A “Grand Hotel”

GrandHotel_07 - Peter Simon, Harry Smith in front of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1973. © Peter Angelo Simon

Peter Simon, Harry Smith in front of the Chelsea Hotel,
New York, 1973. © Peter Angelo Simon

There’s something alluring and storied about hotel life. Hotels are a place where it seems like anything can happen. Rock stars, beat poets and actors take up residence in hotels. Hotels symbolize so many things, from seedy to decadent, including easy wish-fulfillment, escape and purgatory.

The Vancouver Art Gallery captures these complexities in their fantastic new exhibit: “Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life”. “Grand Hotel” opened with a bang today, April 13. The exhibit will stick around until September 15.

This is a very cool, must-see exhibit, in my opinion. Conceived by independent curator and writer Jennifer M. Volland, “Grand Hotel” was created exclusively for the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit is provocative and fascinating; it challenges visitors to consider the ways that the hotel has reflected and created social and cultural change. Insights are organized along four themes: Travel, Design, Social and Culture. You also get to “hang out” in the interior of hotels you might never be able to afford. And get a feel for why artists of all kinds have chosen to live the creative life in a hotel.

Design buffs will appreciate view of the greats including Arne Jacobsen’s legendary design for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

In the cultural section, you feel like you’re on the set of a Sofia Coppola movie (Somewhere, 2010) peeking into the the Chelsea and Algonquin hotels in New York, as well as the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The exhibit shows how iconic works of art including Wagner’s Tannhauser, Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, and Dylan’s “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”, all owe their creation to hotel life.

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New Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibit Shows You What It’s Like To Live Like A Rock Star In A “Grand Hotel”