Some of the world’s greatest works of art were commissioned and acquired by the Catholic Church, and to this day the Vatican still has large amounts of work in their vaults. Murals from the 1400s, masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel, were meant to spread the word of God. Although the Church may have lost its influence, along with many of its followers, over the last few decades, it is clear that using art to tell a story was used to it's fullest potential by the Church, and that Gawd still works in mysterious ways.
Celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities, the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history.
The location may not scream cutting edge in urban cool, but the Burnaby Art Gallery’s Outreach Exhibitions beg to differ. Showcasing artwork from artists all across the nation, there are three off-site exhibitions taking place across Vancouver until July 9.
J.F. Mailhot has been a professional photographer for the last 10 years, as well as the co-founder, creative director and publisher for five years of the now defunct CRUX “Art of Life” magazine. Involved in high-level sports when he was younger, he developed an interest in sports photography, which is where the concept of CRUX was born. As his career and passion for publishing took shape, he explored and expanded his interests in a variety of spheres: fashion, product, lifestyle and event photography. A self-taught, D.I.Y.
Over the past decade, artists have been reclaiming their cities, redecorating their urban environments and redefining the very notion of contemporary art. On abandoned warehouses and derelict buildings, train tracks and highways throughout the world, through the cracks of graffiti sprayed walls, street art has emerged as a global movement, as artists move beyond the letter towards the image. On the fringes of society, across the vast space of the second largest country in the world, Canada has given birth to some of the most versatile and talented artists working in the street today.
Widely regarded for its influential voice in the emerging art market, SCOPE New York 2013 featured 55 international galleries alongside 20 Breeder Program galleries selected by a curatorial panel. Hailing from four continents and eighteen countries, SCOPE exhibitors represent the best and brightest contemporary work from emerging and mid-career artists.
Montreal is a city of artists. If you’ve ever gone to a café, park, or museum in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, then you know. When I first moved here well over a decade ago, I remember thinking to myself, “Doesn’t anyone in this city go to work?” But gradually I came to realise that those people languidly sitting on terrasses sipping coffee over their open laptops, those strolling through parks on their phones, or those critically eyeing the bare walls of city buildings, are indeed working.
We wrote about the upcoming documentary Sign Painters that's debuting later this month, and we agree with them that the paint stoke in authentic sign-painting is power. We especially see that with Signs For The Homeless—an exchange project for homeless people by artist Kenji Nakayama and Christopher Hope.