Teenage Dirtbag
Teenage Dirtbag with Jacob Samuel
November 19, 2016


Hosted by stand-up comic and New Yorker cartoonist Jacob Samuel, comedians Stacey MacLachlan, Denea Campbell, Jenny Toews, Emma Cooper, Kelsey Hamilton, Andrew MacLachlan, and Jordan Potter explore the follies of youth.

Come Draw with Me
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me
November 18, 2016


Join comedian Alicia Tobin and her special guests Matty Vu, Jenny Toews and Melanie Rose for an evening of drawings, laughings, sharings (not too much sharing) huggings (no way, gross), marker sniffing, and friendships. Part comedy show, part art class… well, probably not. No talent required. Supplies provided. Fun times always had. Come draw with us!

Toy Babies
New works from Andrea Hooge
February 2–25, 2017


Doll-headed portraits will once again be filling the gallery for Andrea’s fifth solo show. “Toy Babies” marks a return to a theme Andrea drew upon for her first solo show at Hot Art Wet City, while building upon the subject by adding objects used in subsequent work. It’s in the details that a continuation of the use of personal symbols can be seen, with hidden jokes and meanings, and a few surprises! These portraits of mid-century toys are created using cutout shapes to feature paintings and scratchboard illustrations. Andrea takes her inspiration in part from vintage children’s toys and books, her cultural heritage, and the memories of her childhood understandings of the world.

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Andrea Hooge is an artist living and working out of her home studio in East Vancouver. She focuses mainly on figurative oil paintings and scratchboards, and while many of her works are on wood or hardboard panel, she also creates unique cutouts that move away from conventional shapes. These have been made to stand alone or to overlap and create larger and more dynamic pieces. In addition to her previous solo shows at Hot Art Wet City, Andrea has shown her work in various group shows within Vancouver. Andrea earned her BA from the University of the Fraser Valley, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Visual Arts.

by Sherri Rogers
featuring Sherri Rogers, Bronwyn Schuster & Mandy Tsung
January 12–28, 2017


In this group exhibition, Strong Female Character, these 3 female artists look at feminine identity, both past and present, as defined within Western culture.

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Mandy Tsung‘s work revolves around the female figure. Having grown up surrounded by literature, magazines, and comics that depict captivating women, her impulse is to both emulate and subvert the imagery that informs her view of what it is to be a woman. This picture is made complex and, often, contradictory by the fact that she is of mixed ethnicity. The characters in her paintings are meant to be emotive; to communicate the depths of human experience through gestures and expressions. She was born in Banff, but spent most of her formative years in Calgary and Hong Kong. After completing a BFA in Sculpture at The Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007, she then moved to Vancouver where she now paints full-time. She has exhibited in numerous galleries in North America, Japan, Germany, and Australia.

In this show, Mandy Tsung presents a series of Bitchy Resting Face Portraits. They take their cue from Broken People’s “Bitchy Resting Face” video, which humorously highlights facial biases in our culture. The paintings bring light to female gender stereotypes, specifically that women & people with a feminine appearance are expected to display a smiling, pleasant demeanour to others, and to be cheerfully receptive even when absorbed by important thoughts or tasks. For this project, people were asked to submit photos of themselves in which they have a neutral facial expression that could be misinterpreted as anything from sullen to contemptuous.

Sherri Rogers is an artist based in Vancouver BC, and by day she works as a digital artist for visual effects in live action and animated movies. Her playful and narrative style has coupled with her study of film in this series, reflecting on how women contribute to the history and culture of storytelling in movies. Sherri works out of her east side art studio, William Clark Studios.

“Strong Female Character” is a film and TV trope for women who are represented in a literal or one-dimensional way — where a token woman is physically strong or powerful. Girls with guns, the warrior, the ass kicking action heroine are classic examples but machismo is not the only interpretation of the word “strong.” The women Sherri has chosen for her series of paintings are strongly written and represented as complex characters who have integral roles in the plot apart from their male counterparts. They are self actualized, independent and bonded in friendship with other women. These paintings capture movie moments with female characters who pass the Bechdel test:

  • The movie has to have at least two women in it,
  • who talk to each other,
  • about something besides a man.

Her paintings are 24×12 inches, matching the ratio of film. The colours are bold and simplified, similar to Mondo style movie posters. Like a film critic would use writing to explore themes in our culture, Sherri chooses frames of iconic movies to study a film director’s portrayal of emotion, friendship and narrative, capturing these moments in paint.

Bronwyn Schuster is an artist originally from the prairies of Canada, though she currently resides in Vancouver, BC. After traveling Canada and Scandinavia extensively, Bronwyn discovered a love the kind of creativity that is fostered in cold wet towns by the oceans. Her stubbornness to explore art through traditional media was fostered in her year studying at The Swedish Academy of Realist Art in Sweden. Her prominent work tends to examine stories centred around life, death and the journey. Three aspects often found in the fairytale formula.

The series that Bronwyn has been working on for “Strong Female Character” explores what femininity looks like through the lens of archetypes in myths and legends. Who are the Baba Yagas, the werewolves and forest creatures. The helpers and the heroes? Using ink and gold leaf, she mimics traditional illustration from fairytale books, but uses personal experiences and favourite stories from the models to display a darker and more adult content in the images.

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Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School
featuring Melody Mangler
November 15, 2016


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, join us for 3 hours of drawing and decadence! drsketchyvancouver.com for more info. Join the Dr Sketchy’s Facebook page to keep up to date and see pics >

Quiz Show
Graham Clark presents… Quiz Show 2!
November 11, 2016


Comedian Graham Clark presents Quiz Show! A night that cherry picks the best segments of game shows and presents them all in one bizarre event! Prizes to be won, heads to be scratched! Guest contestants Christine Bortolin, Gavin Matts, Jenny Toews and Ryan Beil.

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HOT TALKS: Eastside Culture Crawl 2016
November 9, 2016


Hot Art Wet City Gallery presented the third annual Hot Talks curated by Rachael Ashe. In partnership with the Eastside Culture Crawl, this was an evening of informative and entertaining talks by artists, designers, and craftspeople. The eight speakers represented a selection of the variety of artists participating in the 2016 Culture Crawl. Each speaker presented their work and shared the process behind what they do in a short “Show & Tell” style talk. Artists: Tristesse Seeliger, Vanessa Lam, Sherri Rogers, Bridget Catchpole, Anyuta Gusakova, Trevor Van den Eijnden, The Hive Printing, and Espiritu Design Studio.

Portia Favro
Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School
SPECIAL EDITION featuring Portia Favro
November 1, 2016


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, join us for 3 hours of drawing and decadence! drsketchyvancouver.com for more info. Join the Dr Sketchy’s Facebook page to keep up to date and see pics >

We Know Nothing About Art
We Know Nothing About Art
A Comedy Show
October 28, 2016


Do you love art? Does art confuse you? Have you ever though that art historians could just be making everything up on the spot? Join comedian Abdul Aziz and his friends Graham Clark, Jacob Samuel, Ben Beauchemin, Gavin Matts, Jenny Toews, Brent Constantine, and Dino Archie as they do their best to make sense of the world’s most treasured works of art, with little to no formal training in the field (or training of any sort actually… to be honest, we’re seriously considering going back to school).

Teenage Dirtbag
Teenage Dirtbag with Jacob Samuel
October 22, 2016


Hosted by stand-up comic and New Yorker cartoonist Jacob Samuel, comedians Chris James, Brent Constantine, Maddy Kelly, Brad Dorion, and Gavin Clarkson explore the follies of youth.

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