the wild and creative spirit behind Full Circle Studio
Group Show at the GAM Gallery
(Gam = A gathering of whales)
'Landscape of Abstraction"
My work: Elements Series. 4'x4', Acrylic & Ink on wood panel
Mel King's work: Algae, Acrylic, Oil on canvas
Maegan Elise's work: Oil on Canvas
March 15 - April 19, 2013
Opening Reception: March 15
110 e Hastings St.
open Wen-Sat 1-5pm
The Landscape of Abstraction brings together three distinct artists who each explore the complexity of our relation to nature through abstract painting. These artists employ the logic of composition and rhythm in painting as a parallel to the dynamic processes found in nature, moving beyond the tangible and toward the spiritual or emotional qualities of nature that may nevertheless be experienced directly.
Barb Hinton Wood's work is about reconciling the man-made and natural elements of life. The workings of the city exacerbate a feeling and a reality of extremes, which play out on a personal, community, systemic and global scale. Using formal tension, she draws on organic influences, and a connection to culture and traditions, Through this exploration duality falls away and it becomes clear that things are much more fluid and expansive than they first appear.
The three large panels included in the the main gallery space, while not necessarily referencing conventions of landscape directly, nevertheless capture the rhythm and flow of nature's processes. Elizabeth Grosz argues that art accesses and intensifies affect from the chaotic forces of the world and, in doing so, of the universe from which art is drawn; the pure sensation of art, therefore, is the rhythmic and material undulations of the universe. Hinton Wood's work visualizes these undulations, the series' title of Elements pointing to the larger natural forces of the universe at work in and through art.
Thanks to GAM Gallery curators/directors Tarah Hogue and Julia Kreutz.
I am so happy be connected to you and your creative community at the GAM,
Teaching this course was a highlight of my summer! When I got back from Africa I assisted Lisa Birke a few days a week in instructing the month long Teen Painting intensive course at Emily Carr University in July, 2011.
I especially loved teaching the sessions on culture and identity, as well as helping with concept, composition, and technique development throughout the month - and helping to develop and instal the exhibition in the concourse gallery. I hope to be involved next year too.
Emily Carr University - Continuing Education: www.ecuad.ca/cs
Did you manage to get ahold of one of the coveted tickets for this sold out event?
Did you come together with us for an evening of unavoidable mirth?
This was the invite:
'On nights like Hallowe'en, the realm of Faerie breaks through the thin veil that separates it from the earthly world. Join us on a journey where the Mysterious, the Magical and the Mythical meet at the crossroads of the Terrifying and the Tantalizing. Beastliness and Beauty will greet your every sense. Breathtaking visual artistry and stunning live performances including aerial circus, bellydance, theatre, puppetry, physical comedy, opera, hula hooping and music make this a haunted house like no other.'
I was the production manager for this totally insane, beautiful and magical event.
Get your ticket early next year, for it is sure to sell out again. And also check out Myriam Steinberg's slew of masterful and curious events on the site: www.inthehousefestival.com
Adults & Kids
Come with a specific project idea or just show up and PLAY!
Kids projects last summer included: wooden bird puppets, chicken sculptures that lay eggs through a trap door, paintings of giraffes with rubber boots and cats with little hats, pens and kin zombie trading cards, "The Far Side" style cartoons with captions created on the '50s typewriter, splatter paintings on canvas, and photos of the garden including a momma raccoon fishing with her 5 babies.
I work with students one-on-one, in small group classes, and spring break and summer camps.
Contact me if you have a project you would like to work on or a new technique to learn.
"Barb's art class was a very fun opportunity to use art techniques I had never used before, like using ink to draw with. Also, Barb's studio is a cozy, awesome place to work! - Everan (13 years)
"Class was really fun, interesting and a good learning experience too!" - Paris (10 years)
" A smart person takes play seriously, for in the act of playing is the possibility of going beyond established borders. Be natural. Put aside all that is 'significant' and 'important' and just play!" - Deng Ming Dao
Festival of MixedRoots Arts and Ideas - September 7,8,9,10. 2011
at the Vancouver Public Library, The Roundhouse Theatre and UBC Robson Square
presented by the Asian Canadian Writer's Workshop Society
Hapa-Palooza is about bridging worlds, gathering community, and celebrating our diverse ancestry and cultural heritage. It is the largest festival of its kind in Canada.
Created for everyone whose family roots and communities reach across cultures. Hapa-Palooza's mandate is to cultivate community and dialogue among people identifying as having mixed heritage, to generate public awareness around topics related to mixed heritage, and, most importantly, provide positive role models and venues for discourse for the next generation of mixed youth.
Hapa-Palooza is a new cultural festival that celebrates the city’s identity as a place of hybridity, synergy and acceptance. A vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances, Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-roots identity, especially amongst youth.
I was able to work on this project as the production manager - with an amazing group of passionate artists, writers, musicians, actors, community organizers, activists and families. It is was a powerful inaugural year.
My student drum group 'The Oreres' with Navaro Franco performed a few songs in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street to draw people down to the Robson Square venue where the big festival was taking place.
Check out the website to get involved in the community and the event next year: www.hapapalooza.com