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I can’t believe this song was first recorded by The Monkeys! I guess Taj just oozes blues…. I love him and thought this was an appropriate song for a blog called “yesterday is already gone”

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Andrea Wan is a friend of mine from way back in our ECIAD beginings and I have always been drawn to her creations. She has this amazing ability to reveal beauty in sadness while at the same time maintaining a sense of humor – not a task many people are up for! Andrea is an artist that y’all need to get to know – so I asked her some questions and she kindly answered them…

ZA – You majored in film and animation in art school – how has this influenced/affected your illustration style?

AW – I have always enjoyed listening and telling stories. As a kid I enjoyed improvising and recording my own stories onto  cassette tapes, and I guess that lead to choosing film as a medium in art school. My taste in film is very diverse but doesn’t necessarily have a direct influence in my illustration style. However, having a background in film sure gives me the option of incorporating the element of time in my work.

ZA – Vancouver is a grey and rainy place and it seems to show in your illustrations. Is this a conscious choice or does your environment filter into your work?

AW – I’m interested in conveying different emotions through imaginary landscapes in my illustrations. The Vancouver weather might have filtered through subconsciously since I’m always influenced by the environments I’m in. I have been told that my illustrations seem to have a layer of haze over it – that’s because I usually like to work with neutral colors, but lately I’ve been trying to introduce more bright colors to my palette.

ZA – So, I guess I’m really interested in your influences since I think that tells so much about where you’ve been and where you are right now in terms of your style. What music are you listening to right now and what are your favorite websites???

AW – The music i’m into right now is Atlas Sound and The Big Pink. My favorite websites are A journey Round My Skull and Book by Its Cover

Andrea Wan is a Hong Kong born, Canadian raised artist and illustrator that creates whimsical, dark, and mysterious images. She received a degree in Film, Video, and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver , Canada and went on to study illustration and design at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark. She now works as a freelance illustrator based out of Vancouver, Canada.

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Slivers Shivers and Snake Skin – a happening – Submissions!!!!

this is an event that I am putting together that will be taking place on April 16/17th 2010. Im chillin in Ontario right now but I thought it would be fun to plan a huge event while I am stuck here in the snow.

The theme of the show is suggested in the title which is better explained by ‘getting under your skin’ – something that makes you feel – affects – irks you. The title explains the theme in three different ways…
slivers – something that intrudes upon you physically that is not easy to remove.
shivers – a bodily reaction to your environment.
snake skin – a physical presence, visual, texture, relating to death, slithers, fear

As I have also suggested in the title its going to be a wild happening. These type of events involve the participation of the audience which could be as simple as making them dance or requiring them to move something physical, engaging in verbal confrontation, making them throw up, ears bleed, whatever.

At the moment I am looking at Chapel Arts in Vancouver Canada, as a venue since it has multiple rooms and levels and could easily have many different performances going on at the same time. Sensory overload!
Since this venue is so large I am also looking to fill some of the space with art that is more static – drawing, painting, sculpture – as long as it fits within the theme. There is also a stage and sound system so I want lots of noise!!!

Please email your submissions to:
zarahackerman@gmail.com

collaborations are welcomed and encouraged – suggest this to friends if you think they would fit. Sorry for any out of towners (not in Vancouver) but I cannot provide transportation or shipping costs since I’m working with a very slim budget.

Soooo……email me with a brief idea of what you would like to submit to the show – could be new or old work….and we will start up a conversation. Look fwd to hearing from you.

Deadline Extended to March 22!!! – but sooner is better 😉
zarahackerman@gmail.com

Miami is full of New Yorkers in Art Fair season. Yay it’s December and I’m sitting on the beach networking! This is just one of the New York characters that I met while chillin on the beach – Gary Cullen is a painter and performance artist. You can check out his work at www.djmayonnaisehands.com or at www.garycullen.org – I Heart Gary!

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Of course its a thursday!

Amanda Blank live at the Burbon…..this thursday only brought to you by

My! Gay! Husband!. And Color Magazine.

This video is perfect. I love the balloons!

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This is a sweet Color sponsored video of some great Vancouver skate spots and with a mirror disco ball sort of effect. If you know what I mean. Oh and good soundtrack too.