No, you didn’t miss out: I haven’t posted a Wrap Up of 2012. Yet.
Yes, that’s right, I *might* still post last years’s major events, accomplishments, favourite art, music, film, and literature…
but for now, I’m trying on a new hat,
a tighter, better fitting, perhaps even more stylish hat:
The Monthly Wrap Up!
That’s right, at the end of every month throughout the year,
I’m going to bring you a quick recap of everything that stood out for me,
so you can keep fresh tabs on the tunes that kept me movin’, the films that kept me inspired, the art that I outputted 😉 and more..!
So let’s get started!
//// WRAP UP JANUARY 2013 ////
/// NEWS ///
Move, Move, Moving On
This year started mega busy, as I helped a friend pack and move her place during New Year’s, which was also her birthday..! Amazing what we can accomplish with focused determination, and a healthy dose of positivity!
I also returned the favour to an old, dependable friend who has always been there for my constant moving. Clearing a storage unit on a grey Sunday, it’s fun when you’re with Graeme Scott.
I moved Format No Auto Creative Projects, my art & design business, into a new studio space at 721 E Hastings
with the fine folks of Considered Design (& their incredible flying husky, George)
I’m stoked as we turn 721 into our working home, keep yer ears open for an upcoming launch party!
I cycle 12 months a year. For 7-9 months each year, it rains like hell here. My bike takes a ton of abuse, so I wasn’t surprised when the fine mechanics at Mac-Talla gave me the long list of everything my bike should have fixed/replaced. But they’re super rad at Mac-Talla, and gave me a prioritized list, being straight up with what I absolutely needed now (so as not to die due to an exploding bike) and what could wait a bit.
Need work on your bike? I highly recommend Mac-Talla Cycles, 2626 E Hastings (@ Penticton St)
Tragic, But Pulls Us Together
The Waldorf Hotel has been sold to condo developers.
Although the story is far from over (work is being done to give the hotel heritage status), killing the amazing multi-disciplinary arts programming at The Waldorf was an indescribable blow to the nuts for artists throughout this city.
The way that everyone pulled together and supported the Waldorf, each other, and arts culture (& not just on social media, but in person at an impromptu, celebrity-filled, media-attended Sunday Love In) was incredibly inspiring. Shit like this needs to happen to make people act out, and the voices have been loud and clear.
The very day I heard about the sale, I created this drawing as an outlet, an expression of protest not only in support of the Waldorf, but in support of every artistic & cultural venue trying to sustain existence and support community life!
/// MY WORK ///
// ILLUSTRATION //
Joseph Beuys drawing & print
I drew this portrait of Joseph Beuys & used it at a screenprinting class at Blim!
// PHOTOGRAPHY //
East Side Yoga photography
Photographed the 1st set of promo shots for East Side Yoga – thanks Jane, Julie, and Daniel for being awesome yogis, and to M.Hall for your generous use of equipment!
// DESIGN //
Shout outs to my team of clients and creative colleagues!
East Side Yoga, Direct Impact Media, ShowMakers Productions, Decoda Literacy Solutions, Considered Design, VIVO Media Arts, Michael JP Hall Photography
Big love to those who keep me well fed, emotionally nourished, and creatively inspired!
Brent & Jenni, igor, jenny reed, Dan Sorce, Erica, Ben, Neil, Cory, Kate, Kirby, Jason Wrobleski, Taraneh, Luciana, Krisztina, Karianne, those I’ve mentioned above, and many more, you know who you are – thank you.
/// BEST EATS ///
Strathcona mini-grocers and delicious sandwich/soup shop
/// BEST LISTENS ///
// Music, recorded //
Foals – My Number (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
a bumpin’ brilliant combo of an ace dj mixing an ace indie band
The Quebec-based record label Arbutus Records has an amazing roster (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, TONSTARTSSBANDHT and more), and my heart flutters for their mandate:
“Emphasis on friendship and collaboration within the scene has lead to an increasingly multimedia oriented endeavor, moving beyond a label to include film and literature.”
Segue – Snow Dub
on Silent Season – this is a label to watch!
Goat – World Music
This is epic sprawling rock – get in!
Post-punk death rock. Fucking awesome.
// Music, Live //
A night at Prophouse Cafe
Everyone should support The Prophouse Cafe: it’s packed with gorgeous film props, the staff are inviting and kind, the food is delicious, and there are nightly comedy and music events.
On an early night in January, three fantastic female performers: Kristi-Lee Audette, Pitre, and Olenka turned a cold winter into a warm cozy night.
Three solid bands rock The Astoria
Needles//Pins, The Ballantynes, and I was especially impressed by the fierce energy of Fist City
/// BEST READS ///
Chase Happiness by Dave Gamache
With advice such as “Stop saving all your money for retirement” and “Learn to care less about what others think,” this little manifesto is worth a read. Chase Happiness by Dave Gamache
Decoy a great online mag to keep up to tabs with Vancouver’s art scene
Rules of A Creative Life
– I love this
/// BEST VIEWS ///
// Art, openings //
LIGHT SPHERES ARE LUMINESCENT BUT NUTRITION QUALIFIES WITHIN MAGNIFIED SOUNDS… @ Dynamo Arts Association
An interesting, compelling, and uniquely interactive evening of performances at Dynamo, including Luciana D’Anunciação
and Lauren Marsden
Paul Wong: Now & Then @ Surrey Art Gallery
Paul Wong talks about his 40 years as a videographer, from portapack to smart phone.
Edible Glasses @ Western Front
A variety of work in Edible Glasses, including Feiko Beckers’ clever, humourous video ‘Merely a Part of Life’
After I Shed My Skin @ Wil Aballe Art Projects
Only a few pieces, but not a small show at Wil Aballe Art Projects by any means!
Attila Richard Lukacs @ Winsor Gallery
A new show of Lukacs’ work at Winsor Gallery, including ‘Lotus Pools,’ a beautiful combination of rough and delicate.
KT Kilgour’s ‘Corners’ at Black & Yellow Gallery
KT Kilgour (my screenprinting instructor at Blim!)’s show ‘Corners’ at Black & Yellow Gallery
// Art, elsewhere //
Soey Milk – my oh my. She is one helluvan artist, and her subject matter is incredibly tantalizing..!
Bartosz Kosowski – incredibly illustrative portraits, reminds me of Arthur Adams, a comic book artist I loved
Ben Lamb – holy shit incredible illustration! Thx Julian for recommendation
Werner Knaupp – wow gorgeous, moving paintings. Found on The Darcys’ Tumblr.
// Vids //
Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams
This touches on so much more than just a few good habits; another fantastic 99U vid worth watching.
Uncle Skeleton: Dot
This really could go in my ART section, as it’s a gorgeous artistic collaboration between Vancouver band Uncle Skeleton and dancer Mirae Rosner
Uncle Skeleton “Dot” from Ken Tsui on Vimeo.
/// GOALS FOR FEBRUARY ///
By Feb 5: design new Format No Auto business cards. Print by Feb 7
By Feb 18: complete redesigned mockups of new Format No Auto website. Will be responsive (good for mobile devices)
How you can help me:
– do you or anyone you know develop apps or mobile sites? I have 2 ideas I want to create, and am meeting with developers to find person/team with the right fit.
An aside, very important though:…!
Format No Auto Creative Projects exists because I, Ash Tanasiychuk, live to create art, document art, and promote art.
My main goal in 2013 is to build a community of artists and art lovers, and to build such a large and inspiring community, that we will excite and engage people who hadn’t previously been involved in the arts.
Some plans include:
growing the team at Format No Auto Creative Projects
I’m looking for web developers, videographers, copywriters, project managers, and social media experts. I’m also open to other suggestions…
start a community arts space
An open door policy: anyone is welcome to sit, pour a cup of coffee, use computer terminals to research events, job postings, grants, etc, to talk about projects or events, to network for fellow musicians, collaborators, etc. We’d also hold low-cost workshops.
develop a mobile-friendly Vancouver event site
Make searching for things to do easy, fun, encouraging. Sort by date, neighbourhood, cost, and genre dead-easy. GPS enabled to give you directions, and to find other event-goers once there.
Do you have a project you want to document the process of?
A performance you want photographed?
Are you stoked by my plans and want to be part of my growing team of creative peeps who are driven by the creativity of our communities?
If you want to get involved in any way, shape or form, please give me a shout! ash(at)formatnoauto(dot)com
Finally, here’s a new addition to my Wrap Ups: a look into the month ahead, with some events that are high on my radar…
/// GET INVOLVED! IN FEB ///
performance: last chance for PuSh Fest events, including Human Library
talk/seminar: Vancouver Institute for Social Research presents Glen Coulthard – Rage against Empire: Resentment, Reconciliation and Indigenous Decolonization in Canada (FREE to attend)
art opening: Contemporary Art & Cocktails @ Beaumont
Stoked on this because Leon Phillips is showing, his work is fantastic.
exhibition opening: Sex Talk In The City @ MOV
dance party!: People’s Prom
art opening: FUCK @ HAWC
art opening: Gutter Snipes @ Grunt
live music/indie band: Helio Sequence @ Biltmore
live music/dj: Gramatik @ Electric Owl
art/music/culture: Talking Stick Festival starts, runs till March 3
film: A Sister’s Call @ Cinematheque
art/book launch: Anamnesia: Unforgetting Book Launch @ VIVO
live music/dj: Justin Martin @ Electric Owl
live music/dj: Shlohmo @ Fortune
/// IN CLOSING… ///
Alright! Whew! All that, in just one month!
Thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Cheers everyone, big love and peace to you and your loved ones
Ash Tanasiychuk, Format No Auto Creative Projects