I needed art – Hot Art Wet City – kind of art, but this was not a typical rainy night in Vancouver – not the usual pissy drizzle that people complain about wrecking their hair – this was a full on downpour with rivers running around your boots. So much rain that pausing for cover under The Whip awning immediately invited conversation by a sweaty clutch of cigarette smoking guys who knew you were not going anywhere fast. That kind of cleansing, but deplorable to go out in, rain.
The Hot Art Wet City Antisocial Media show is the current installation and is a collection of works by i♥ (above) , eafo and The Grominator inspired in the wake of several cliché personal experiences involving love, addiction, and stupidity.
Mourning and rejoicing in this unsolicited education, the featured artists employed a variety of mediums and styles which marks a major creative transition, but each artwork retains a sense of self-reflection and an affinity for illustration.
i♥ is from Western Canada, born sometime in the late 1980s and is anonymous by choice. His thing is appropriating elements of digital culture and enjoys exploration of blurring the boundaries of life on- and offline.
Earthfolk, aka eafo hails from Calgary, a guy who makes things. He mostly draws and writes things using walls, canvas, paper and found resources. His work has an air of uncertainty but there is evidence of a lot of happiness, sadness, and uncertainty in his pieces.
The Grominator, a Canadian graffiti artist, is widely recognized for his psychedelic monsters and graffiti on trains throughout Canada and the United States. He began painting trains in 2008 in his hometown of Calgary, and initially creating art in 2006. Extensive traveling throughout Canada and the United States ultimately created a strong following in North America and worldwide. He now explores new forms inspired by model trains and toys, to collaborations with clothing companies and long boarding companies.
Hot Wet Art City is curated by Chris Bentzen (below) and has been located for three years in a mixed use space at 2206 Main Street that showcases an amazingly weird art gallery, comedy, yoga, and more – it is always changing for the quirkier and better.
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