Credit Check: BC Ferries to BCers: Take a long walk off a short dock

-5 BC Ferries to customers: No, you’re wrong.

+30 Donald MacPherson, the former Drug Policy Coordinator for the City of Vancouver, is slated to receive the Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform Wow! He won the Druggie! Archbishop Tutu is going to be pissed.

-10 Your security services at work: Border guards detain guy as possible terrorist because, amongst other things, he had a Hezbollah ring.

-1 Headline: If Long Gun Registry Is So Dumb, Why Do Police Like It? Maybe because the police love registering people and putting their information permanently into databases?

Today: -35 This Year: +163

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Credit Check: Merritt Mountainmess

+5 Our long, provincial nightmare is over: Merrit Mountainfest cancelled due to lack of interest. The Sun, Province, CBC TV, and Global, and CityTV usually spend an inordinate amount of time every year covering this abortion – for naught. Maybe, and this is a long shot, they will figure out that the population of BC is essentially an urban population and there is a vast, fragmented taste in culture that is not being sated for non-truck flipping, man-done-wrong doin’ music, film, and art. Credit Check assumes, however, that the extra space will be filled with copy from TMZ.com.

+25 The Downtown Ambassadors are being sent to a human rights commission hearing.’ Must feel humiliating to be told to go somewhere by someone claiming their rights supersede yours.

+20 In the least shocking surprise ever, the Burrard Bridge bike lane trial had a good first day. Even CityCaucus said so! But, not ones to give up so easily, they ask, Will it be such a good idea on a different day?

-5 Ottawa reinstates visas for Mexicans and Czechs. Which blows because Mexico and the Czech Republic will soon retaliate and impose visas on Canadians who want to visit, which happened last time they did this.

Today: +40 This Year: +2

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Credit Check: Is art artifice?

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-10 VAG may not move to False Creek while the Woodward’s Cafe Arts project may be downsized.

-10 Headlines says “New entertainment centre draws big acts to Abbotsford” whilst the article says those acts are Blue Rodeo, the Tragically Hip, and the Lipizzaner Stallions.

-5 Union says contracted out BC Place roof jobs will result in the loss of 150 jobs. Except to the people get the contract.

+5 Engaging gay workers increases productivity. Credit Check figures what the think tank is saying is that gay people work better when they are not ritually humiliated.

Today: -20 This Year: +23

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Credit Check: Beatings after 4:30pm are on overtime

+10 Mayor Robertson please that two city workers stopped to help man being beaten by three other city workers.

-1 Five injured in Abbotsford pub brawl. Since when is dirt-floored shanty called a pub?

+15 “Emily Carr students create “Vancouver’s smallest housing development for homeless people.”:http://megaphonemagazine.com/content/homes_less_emily_carr’s_homeless_housing_project_finally_finds_home.html Bob Rennie seen nearby.

Today: +24 This Year: +62

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Montreal considers banning insults to police

And we thought our pigs were facists.

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Credit Check: Sunday Scum

+10 The Vancouver Public Library has created a local zine collection. It’s better than storing them under your bed.

+1 It’s astounding. When the bus drivers go on strike, Translink takes six months to solve it. When the new busses can’t carry bikes at night because of poor design choices, it’s been two years and waiting. But when their bridge catches on fire, Translink can fix it in a week.

-5 It turns out the Sun can publish an even worse publication. Meet the Sunday Sun

+5 Current property decline won’t last long says Bob Rennie (Oh god, please buy. Please buy. Please buy. There are thousands of empty condos. Please. Please. Please.)

-5 60,000 Fraser Valley turkeys slaughtered due to Avian Flu.

Today: +6 This Year: +38

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Nick Pittman

a picture of a psychedelic painting

Nick Pittman is one of the most visible young artists working in Vancouver today. His paintings are instantly memorable due to their powerful psychadelic effects and iconic forms. He currently has a show with Trevor Larson at Lucky’s.

ONLY: I heard you used to do graffiti art. Were you a tag artist? Did you ever do hip-hop paintings?
Nick: Yeah, I did graffiti. But when it came time to start being out of high school and into the real world and I didn’t want to get into the real world. I didn’t want to keep being a criminal either, so I figured I’d find art school as the medium between the two. I never felt quite at home in the graffiti world. It’s an empowering activity for youth but as far as satisfying creative desires I felt held back.
ONLY: So was it at art school that you started applying that sensibility onto a canvas?
N: There came a point with graffiti that I felt I wanted to have the forms that were prescribed without having to adhere to letter forms and its relationship to the type word. The first logical step was to make a transition to abstraction. From there I deconstructed it, to synthesise something else that still had that wilder energy that was related to graffiti.
ONLY: There is this point in your older work that reminds me of the sprawl of a throw up, but the graphic ins and outs remind me of abstract expressionism. It’s like Jackson Pollock, with the no beginning/no end thing. Do you like Jackson Pollock?
N: I like Picasso more than Pollock.
ONLY: Really?
N: I think about the relationship of his themes, the sensual energy that was the main driving energy force with his work.
ONLY: Energy is a big part of your work.
N: Yeah, I guess it’s the idea of creating a field of energy. A place to deposit and share energies with an audience. Trying to find some different ways of doing that.
ONLY: One of my favorite things about your work is what separates you from so many artists your age: I find your work pretty humourless. [Nick laughs] You aren’t an abstract painter that is employing a motif that references an ideology of the past, using that irony to express himself or herself. The thing that I was curious about is whether you’re actually expressing yourself with your work?
N: Yeah, that’s a question I ask myself: if expression is possible, or even viable. I guess it’s a problem to work with and explore. I think of my work technically more than emotionally, but at the same time it is a way to deal with a Beuysian notion of dispersal and buildup. I think because of the temporal nature of making artwork, you get to situate yourself in these different moments. Right now these boomers are teaching us and the natural Oedipal relationship in this scenario is that you have to question the thing that’s right in front of you. We’re faced with these somewhat utilitarian social ideas that have absolutely forbidden a lot of what Grandpa said was okay… And Grandpa is looking like a semi-romantic artful kind of hip dude compared to you.
ONLY: I read somewhere that you were working towards finding a new color. Are you inventing or discovering? Is the new color the light at the end of the tunnel?
N: I think its kind of a literary them. One of those puzzles that kind of get you to imagine something that is impossible. I don’t know that I take it too seriously, but I do like the instances where I can at least pretend that it does happen.
ONLY: One of my first reactions of your work was that it reminded me of colour separation. You know, CMYK. How important is it that your work is a painting? How do you feel about photographic reproductions of your work?
N: Its one of those things that I try to think about but I haven’t had a chance to express. The idea that a print has a relationship to painting, but it’s kind of exploded: it’s an exploded version of the dot matrix. It ultimately speaks to the hand, but with a relationship to mass reproduction. Printing is ultimately related to painting. These could be mass-produced and it wouldn’t really detract from the effect. I think that the idea of eventually trying to work with a printing press is something I would like to do.
ONLY: Kinda like Chuck Close.
N: In a wheelchair?
ONLY: No, Chuck Close got to this point in his work where he basically employed every printmaker in New York City, from daguerreotypes to silkscreen and lithographs.
N: Yeah I like the idea of disseminating and infiltrating craft. Right now it’s just a focus on developing my vocabulary and finding the right forms.

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Art Fag Feb 15

Circus Maximus

Trevor Lee Larson and Nick Pittman’s mutually-inspired echo chamber of minds, “Drawings for Music for Drawings,” opens at Lucky’s February 16, from 8-11pm. Should be… pitch-perfect? The sprawling press release announcing “Circus Maximus” (see image, right) at the Western Front conjures images of French Canadian anarchist puppet theatre performed by interdisciplinary video Goths—a welcome, if perplexing, change of pace from the characteristic dry quirkiness of their recent gallery programming. It happens on the 24th at 8. While you’re there, check out their current exhibition, “Before the Internet: Networks and Art” and try to imagine you and your friends making community TV and… faxing each other?! Blanket has hours again (Thurs-Sat, 12-5), just in time for Eli Boronowsky to show off an even more pleasurable and strange round of lightly sun-bleached acrylic mystery patterns.

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Pyramid Power

Pyramid Power

Magazine-on-Magazine Action

Art Magazines are great because they have a high picture versus text ratio and look good sitting on your bookshelf shelf for years as a cultural souvenir. Pyramid Power is such a magazine. Based in Vancouver, Pyramid Power is made by Jonah Gray, Sacha Hurley and Matt Booth. We caught up with the editors as they were working on putting together their second issue.

ONLY: Why did you start the magazine?
Pyramid Power: It seemed like there was room for an art magazine that was critically engaged but wasn’t so serious as to forget the euphoric aspects of art.
ONLY: Why are you still doing it?
PP: We’ve only made one issue so far. There’s still a lot of ground to cover.
ONLY: What is a magazine in 2007? Is Pyramid Power a magazine of right now or of the future?
PP: Pyramid Power is a magazine for right now—for whenever you pick it up.
ONLY: You obviously care a lot about graphic design. How important is design in comparison to content? Is it a challenge to negotiate between the two? Who wins?
PP: We all do.
ONLY: Are you guys still finding yourselves, or have you found your template?
PP: We’re trying to stay away from templates, which is a challenge. But because we build each issue around the type of submissions we receive, each one will be unique.
ONLY: You guys used to work on Woo Magazine. Was that a good experience or a bad one? How has it informed your current project?
PP: Two of us worked on Woo. It was fun. The things we learned from Woo were mostly mundane things—like how to work with printers, what to expect when asking for submissions, and artists’ concerns with how their work will be treated—that have stood us in good stead.
ONLY: You are the first magazine of your kind to design all the ads for the advertisers. Why did you decide to do this?
PP: Except for a few advertisers, who specifically asked us to, we didn’t design the ads. There are a few magazines that do though. Dot Dot Dot is one. The idea of putting the ads in the back was originally to keep them from cluttering up the flow of the magazine proper. An unexpected benefit has been that people are actually more drawn to look at them now.
ONLY: How do you distinguish yourselves from other arts and culture glossies being made today? What are your politics?
PP: Well, for one, we’re not glossy. But this leads us back to the question about templates… As for politics: we’re backing Obama all the way.

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Racially Obsessive

Tupac

My favorite part is the 2Pac drawing class

Never let me slip ‘cause if I slip, then I’m slippin’. Thank you Snoop Doggy Dogg. And never let me fall on my face in a bar bathroom, ‘cause if I fall on my face in a bar bathroom, then I fall on my face in a bar bathroom. Snap. I got the power. I got the bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-eviction notice the other day too. Woo hoo. Not even my fault this time. And, let this be known—even if you have no lease and your landlord evicts you because he broke up with his girlfriend and he needs to move back into your/his house because she kicked him out of the house that they shared together—well, if that happens then you don’t have to pay your last month’s rent. Woo hoo. Call the Tenant Rights Board. They’re like the good God. (Bonus: imagine how greezy the Landlord Rights Board people are.)

Wu-Tang is my favourite group but I just realised that they’re a bunch of fucking lunatics. Seriously. From their names to their brains there’s nothing sane about them. Their main influences are the 5% Nation Of Islam, Kung-Fu flicks and the trife life. That means they believe that the white man was created by the evil scientist Dr.Yacub, drunk Asians can beat everyone up and Bolivians got the best coke. Or else it means that I’m racially obsessive. I’m a half-breed. Either way how can hip-hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever? Someone else came up with that. I can’t feel my face.

Detroit Public TV is the shit. And I’ve never been there. But I do own a TV, even though these days, it owns me. It tells me that BET is sponsored by AIDS. Seriously, every 2nd ad is an AIDS ad. At least Bodie from The Wire is back in my life, now as the host of Rap City (BET version not Much Terrible Music version). I was so happy to see the kid again, it wasn’t right what happened to him. Peep the WIRE DVD if you want to overstand me (but McNutty gets the gas face). Ice-T’s rap school is stupid like crack. So is Ego Trip’s The White Rapper Show. Ego Trip’s got that better crack though. Pure crack in the flesh enjoyment. It’s not a show, it’s an entity. Hallelujah Holla Back. PS: Serch is a dork. If you like rap or bad white people then this show is for you. If you hate bad rap and white people then this show is created by you. Good job.

Top 5 Bad Rap Names
1. Slim Thug
2. Young Joc
3. Lloyd
4. Puff Daddy
5. Jizzal Man
6. Kobe Bryant

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