Russell Alton dropped off some pieces for the Lebowski Show

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Thanks Russell for submitting these 3 great pieces for the show. See them in person this Friday September 21 at 752 E Broadway.

Jon Izen

An interview with Vancouver artist, animator and nice guy Jon Izen.

MUSIC: “dentate” by Mattisson
VIDEO & EDIT: Chris Bentzen

Part 2: On Parenting Creatively

Part 3: On Being Persistent, Working Collaboratively and The Adventures of Yam Roll

Sara Ross (aka Redsara)

An interview with Vancouver artist Sara Ross (aka Redsara)

MUSIC: “Red Smoke” by Lee Rosevere

First work for FK IT DUDE arrives!

Fun in the mail today! This Lebowski icon set comes from Kyle Tezak of Chicago. This print will be available to buy at Hot Art Wet City Pop-Up Gallery starting September 21. Looking forward to more goodies in the mail and dropped off in person soon.

Kris G Brownlee

An interview with Vancouver painter Kris G Brownlee

MUSIC: “Infornography” by Revolution Void

Sarah Mulder

An interview with Vancouver artist Sarah Mulder

MUSIC: “Forgotten Feelings” by Natalie Vermeer

Bowie as Comic Book Art

If you’ve been following the conversation on the Facebook event, you’ll recognize this link to art by Luke Yates. If not, it’s a debate about whether or not We Can Be Heroes steals his idea. In 2009 and 2011, he had Bowie/comic book shows called We Are The Dead. Sounds the same, right? If you associate comic books with superheroes, it’s close. I don’t read comic books so superheroes to me are in the movies.

First off, no, I didn’t steal the idea. I was listening to Bowie and thinking about the words and the idea of Bowie as a superhero seemed exceedingly obvious and exceptionally fun for an art show. Second, it’s not the same. His work is specifically comic book covers featuring Bowie or Bowie song titles. We Can Be Heroes is more specifically Bowie portrayed as superhero (fictional or imaginary). Finally, ideas flow through culture and bubble up at different times. I’ve found other Bowie comics and other Bowie superheroes, and so much fan art it’s amazing there aren’t annual Bowie shows happening around the world. It’s understandable when an artist wants to defend his position as the originator of an idea. Of course, that ignores the influence culture has on the creator. I recommend watching Everything Is A Remix for more on this.

I didn’t know about Luke’s art back in March when I was first thinking about the show. I found out about it after I did the call out for submissions and someone from Seattle sent me a link to his work. I reached out to Luke to submit but, for whatever Facebook setting was or wasn’t checked, he didn’t get the message. I hope he submits, it can only make the show better… but I understand if he doesn’t. Check his work out here >

Daphne Chan

An interview with Vancouver photographer Daphne Chan. In this interview, Daphne talks about photographing the nude, specifically the female models and how they view their bodies. This interview contains tasteful nude art photography and may not be suitable for all ages or all work places.

MUSIC: “Woodland Creatures” by Kevin Bryce
INTERVIEW: Hilary Henegar
VIDEO & EDIT: Chris Bentzen

Daphne makes an observation about artists in NYC (note to Vancouver artists: take pride in being an artist)

Bikes Inside
January 25-February 3, 2013
A group art show inspired by the bicycle


A bicycle themed show featuring art inspired by… well… the bicycle! Artists include: Afshin Mehin, Al Roback, Alison Bruce, Alicia McLean, Amy Walker, Alison Keenan, Austin Hawkins, Carrie McKellar, Chris Bentzen, David Phu, Edward Peck, Erin Gibbs, Fred Doazan, Genevieve Desjardins, Greg Fenske, Joe Taormina, Laura Eveleigh, Lauren Williamson, Lee Henderson, Mandy Lau, Megan Carruthers, Michael Nunweiler, Mindy Fraser, Nick Melchin, Pheonix Ch’cken & Friendship Bee, Publik Secrets, Robyn Lisa & Pristine, Ron Simmer, Phyllis Schwartz, and Sarah Corsie.

View photos of the art and from opening night on Flickr >

Bikes Inside
I’ll Be Back… to the Future!
January 11-20, 2013
Featuring art inspired by time travel movies

Phew, we made it through the end of the world. Now 2015 is around the corner, so let’s time travel with Marty McFly and the Doc as they attempt to rescue Sarah Connor from an assassination attempt by the former governor of California. Wait, what??? Art inspired by time-travel movies (or TV shows) including Back to the Future, The Terminator, Bill & Ted’s, Doctor Who, Flight of the Navigator, The Time Machine, Donnie Darko, and more. View photos from opening night and see the art here >

Artists include: Andrea Hooge, Richardson Pratt, Adrian Fuerth, ARGH!!, Carmen Leah, Chris Bentzen, Clem Chen, Colin Johnson, Daniel McLaren, Erin Gibbs, Janet Ford, Jen Crothers, Joseph Taormina, Josue Menjivar, JC, Kris G Brownlee, LJ Throstle, Matt Bowen, Megan Carruthers, Quin Martins, Robin Thompson, and Yukiko Adachi.

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