*Winnipeg, I do not hate you

Articles, Events, Fine Art

So after Joel and Alli’s wedding we spent some time with Trist’s mom and step-dad who had taken the liberty of driving up all the way up from Chicago to meet us in Winnipeg (thanks guys) ! Between numerous riveting rounds of Trivial Pursuit, exploring the supposedly haunted Fort Garry Hotel, and catching some rays on Grand Beach, we had a great time together. This was my first time in the ‘peg and I think we’ll be back.

The city has earned a positive reputation in my books purely on merit of it’s eclectic array of vintage and thrifting opportunities. If you know me, you are probably aware of my affinity for sifting through junky shops – be they antique, seedy second-hand, or otherwise. I’m a firm believer in the fact that one should’t judge a city until they’ve done a bit of scavenging in the area of thrifting. Although time was limited, and my budget tighter even than it usually is, I didn’t get to indulge to the degree that I had hoped. However, I did do a little damage in a terrific antique shop in Osbourne Village. The place turned out to be more like a haven of never-ending corridors full of vintage dresses than the dumpy antique furniture-retailer that it appeared to be from the outside. I can’t recall the name of the place…although I’m sure you wouldn’t miss it if you were looking for it. Also, as far as selection goes, Village Vintage (also in Osbourne Village) is packed with amazing things as well..If you are into hats and fascinators in particular, and happen to be going to Winnipeg – it is certainly a must visit. If you are wondering what I purchased at the antique place, I got a beautiful little leather cross-body satchel for $6. It’s in mint condition.

Oh, I almost forgot about food! We were really impressed with Boon Burger Cafe and Un-Burger ! Both are completely local and organic, and Boon is actually completely vegan. I am not vegan, so I wasn’t too eager..but we were both very satisfied with what we got portion-wise, and taste-wise. Bonus points for aesthetic. Both places were quite cute, but Un-Burger takes home the gold because they named a salad after Hal Johnson & Joanne McCleod. Right???

Finally, we got to check out the WAG which happened to be featuring a really interesting show entitled Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination. Could the title have been more compelling? One of my favorite works was by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini – whose work one could not have missed (refer to image of boy next to man-fish hybrid). Rather than make an attempt to describe her…I recommend you probably just do a bit of research on Piccinini’s work. It’s interesting. My other favorite piece had to have been the bronze sculpture Rapture by Kiki Smith. The entire show was pretty neat though. For a brief description, check out this little review from CBC’s Allison Gillmor

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lately…..

Events, My Life

Oh, beautiful friends.
How we have loved our time spent with you during these hot summer days and nights.
Seen here are a few snap shots of:
*BONNIE! Who finally came home from Mexico to visit fam & friends only to up and leave me again! Here is a girl I truly had no idea how much I would miss as we spent the better part of a year apart. Sigh. Missing you already girl.
*Tiffany Eng‘s show Cat Boxes (go see the show at UAS, my photos don’t do it justice)
*Sarah -pictured in her new studio at Avalanche..whose brilliant sense of humor and colorful presence I’ve been trying to figure out how to cope without since the moment I found out we would be moving away.
*A long awaited visit with the always charming Nakael, and his dog, Barrett – who Tristan happily wrestled with multiple times during our time together.
*Becky‘s wonderful home made bread and ever-impressive nail polish selection make for the loveliest mornings. By the way, this fabulously summery nail design was inspired by the one and only Ariana Denison. A special mention should also be made for Becky’s newly made-up patio! It is an enviably cozy little nook complete with comfy seating and pretty potted posies.
*Aoife, Colina, and Mal….whether we are consuming herbal tea, sangria or anything else for that matter – I savor our dates.
*Tristan, love of my life, and the ultimate adventure guide of wonderful long walks taken in pursuit of prime city views and the discovery of secret paths. On Sunday, we did succeed.
*as for the other handsome gents in the backgrounds..Brett, Adam, and Lowell need no introduction.

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Terrific new work at Stride *Jaimie Angelopoulus & Megan Dickie

Events, Fine Art

I’m truly thrilled about these two artists and I have to say this has been my favorite show of all of the shows which have taken place at any of Calgary’s Artist-run Centre’s within the last five and a half years (that I have been able to take in at least). Thats saying a lot, I know! But seriously… What great work. I got to meet both of these artists at Friday’s opening of Find it, Burry it (Jaimie Angelopoulus) in Stride’s main space, and Megan Dickie’s Get the Gleamer in the Project Room.

People were so excited to interact with Dickie’s piece, and I was so stoked to actually see it in person as I had encountered a smaller version of it a few months back while researching online (along with her very funny contact sculptures, and their accompanying videos which are brilliant). I have included a rather crappy image of a friend wrestling with her work..but be sure to actually check out her website to see more, its worth it. I only included one image of her work as somehow the other attempted images failed..

I hadn’t heard of Jaimie Angelopoulus, and I was so pleasantly taken back at how happy her work makes me. I love the impending mass of these sculptures..the way they occupy space implies an almost human stature – not to mention their allusively figurative gestures. They really seem to provoke a physical interaction, and I think thats incredibly rare, even for work which is supposed to be interactive – whether or not that is the precise agenda of Angelopoulus remains a bit unclear, although she did seem cool with us gettin’ physical with the piece. I think its all the hollow crevices and spaces within the sculpture that make it so attractive in that sense. I have included one of her drawings as well.

Needless to say, the implied physical relationship between the body of the viewer with the sculpture/installation is without a doubt a common thread that relates these two artists, and it is also the element that gravitates me to both bodies of work.
Humor, bodily experiences, and playfulness are highly under-rated, and there are a hundred other tasty nuances within the work of Angelopoulus and Dickie, so do research their work further. They are now officially two of my favorite artists! Kudos to Stride for programming this magical show.

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The Valentina Drag Ball !!!!

Events, Music

What an incredible night ! Proceeds of this smashing affair went to the Jasmine Valentina Scholarship Fund. It was so well-attended, and everyone was so happy and excited…What a beautiful party to honor the lovely Jasmine. Mine, and many other hearts were full of warmth dancing our hearts out and dressin’ up for a great cause. As you can see below, Sarah did it right and showed up as a dude, while I pursued a more over-the-top glam look (I couldn’t resist the opportunity). The other people in the pics are my dear friends; Lowell and Lindsay (drag w. blonde wig, and lovely glam lady w. blonde wig) and the other adorable red head is the one and ony Aoife. She was doing this adorable, hilarious little dance…it was so funny and cute. I wish I had a video!! Lastly, I had to include a photo of the lead singer and guitar player from Sleepy Panther – local Calgarian artist and former professor of mine, Richard Brown. He pulled of a slinky blue dress, and even wore heals through his entire set! -oh and thats a wig..
This band delivered a particularly epic performance and the crowd was soooo into it! Big ups to Richard and Rita..they were both in drag and did such a great job. I anticipate this event to be an annual one, how very exciting! Thank you to all who planned and put this on.

Musical Acts were:
Sleepy Panther
Cluster Fox
And of course the DJ stylings of J. Waddell

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Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show 2012 !!!

Events, Fashion

Some incredibly beautiful work here! A predominantly structural sensability seems to prevail within many of the designs which allows them to defy both convention and gravity *horray!*
It seems there was much consideration taken in the selection of the ecclectic yet sophisticated materials which were used in contrast to one another, and against the silhouettes of the models. Further, the way that these materials were manipulated around the body resulted in plenty of tastey little nuances (clever cut-outs in particular), and lovely movements against the body. Quite pleased with this work. I’ve included a ton of shots, but these are just my favorites.
To see more of the show just do a search in google.

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