More from the summer travels. Sand, sky, swimming holes and honey bees...
After a couple of false starts, Summer (or this year's northwest coast version of it) seems to have kicked in. After a busy early July we left our responsibilities back in the city and hit the road in search of that sweet sound of Pacific waves. Here's the first in a series of posts from out there.
Music has a huge influence on my practice; it is the ever-present sweet air that I breathe. I've put together a playlist of some of the tracks that I've been connecting with this last few months as I've been selecting and printing the images for the show. I hope you enjoy and if you're in Vancouver I hope you have the chance to check out the show over the coming month!
If you're on Spotify I've got it there. If not, you can stream it on 8tracks if you prefer.
The summer was long and full. The months leading up to and through most of July were focused on a major rebrand project in my day job. I say 'day job' but the work was so extensive that it increasingly seeped into all hours and, inevitably, life became unbalanced. Thankfully, the project was a success and, at the tail end of July, my family and I packed up our car and hit the road.
I can't tell you how liberating it was to trade in all that chaos and complication for the simple day to day demands of a loosely structured road trip: gas, food, lodging and swim holes. I've travelled quite a lot of the US by road over the years but I still hadn't made it down to San Francisco. It seems a bit absurd now, given the coast I grew up on, but the fact is my focus has always been on the east and my heart was always left in NYC. That said, after a year of travelling to New York every month or so I felt ready to give it a rest and soak up some different surroundings so West coast it was.
We were lucky enough to be hosted by generous and open-hearted family peoples for our week-long stay in the Bay area. Sorell Raino-Tsui gave us the Oakland 101, showing us his newest gallery project, Athen B. Gallery in downtown Oakland, taking us through the studios in the back and around on a tour of all the mural projects the gallery has been busy with. Cannon Dill's wall (done in conjunction with the VSCO Artist Initiative) was definitely a personal fave; beautiful stuff.
Before heading back north we took a dip down the beautiful coastline to Santa Cruz and Sorell treated us to some soul food at Brown Sugar back in Oakland–seriously delicious stuff. On the way home we stopped in at the town of Mount Shasta for a couple days to visit with more family–this time with architect Eugene Tsui and his lovely family for some great local exploration and energized conversations. The final leg brought us up the Oregon coast through the dunes and those vast stunning beaches.
We managed to get one more trip in before that Autumn switch got flipped and now we're back focused on the busyness. Tristesse has been pulling together everything to open up her studio along with the rest of the ACME building for SWARM 16 which is Friday September 11th from 7PM to 1AM. I'll be there along with her for the whole night so please do drop by and say hi if you're in the city. As for my own work I'm at the very beginning of creating some new publications; more word on that soon. Also–there's a good chance that Tristesse and I will be participating in The East Side Culture Crawl. We'll keep you posted!
We're into the second week of Common and The Map Is Not The Territory and we've been very pleased with the response to both exhibitions. If you haven't had a chance to check them out, the clock is starting to tick. On top of weekday hours, there are only two more weekend days (Saturdays) to catch them so I recommend heading down and making an afternoon of it.
After you've hit The Gam and The Remington I suggest making your way around the corner to Untitled Art Space which just opened up last week with it's first show simply called "The Untitled Show." The show features work from a selection of over 40 Vancouver artists so stop by, check out the work and say hi.
While you are in the neighbourhood you'd be wise to take advantage of at least one of the great local food options. If you're in the mood for Bao–hit up New Town Bakery for their famous bun action. BBQ Pork on the savoury side, coconut on the sweet side–in my experience you can't go wrong with New Town.
If you're up for something more substantial, it may well be Ramen time and while this isn't technically the Ramen District, The Ramen Butcher on Georgia will hook you up with the broth, the noodles and, if you're lucky, a good selection of 90's hiphop on the side.
If you've got an appetite for tastes other than Asian there are many options close at hand. Tacofino has you covered for Mexican inspired goods and Bestie will be happy to assist you with scratching that itch for German cuisine you may find yourself with. You'll find a number of other options on the map I've included below.
The Remington: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm - 4pm
The Gam Gallery: Thursday – Saturday 1PM - 5PM