Antisocial Media: Hot Art Wet City

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hot Art for your house

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Capital G Creatives Radiating Launch of Hibbs & Mooney Collaboration

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Capital G Creatives created a warm intimate space in a historical East Side building to launch a unique selection of local vendors (including Hugos Churros!), thumping DJ Dave Pugh and an extensive candy bar fit for King Henry VIII.

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Andrew Hibbs & Dana Mooney Collaboration | Maxime Favreau

The Neon Art Party celebrated the collaboration between Andrew Hibbs, of Endeavour Neon (IG: @endeavourneon) and Canadian artist, Dana Mooney (IG: @danamooneyart).

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Andrew Hibbs & Dana Mooney Collaboration | Maxime Favreau
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Andrew Hibbs & Dana Mooney Collaboration | Maxime Favreau

Dana Mooney‘s background is in makeup artistry and interior decorating, but painting has been a common thread throughout her entire life. Now she is painting full time and loving every part of it.  Her goal with her art is to create something beautiful and personal for the client and their space, combining elements of fine art and interior design while creating a seamless integration of something fresh, original, and dynamic to the interior space. To achieve this she uses layers of product including acrylic paint, ink, gold and silver leaf and often a smooth finish of epoxy resin. Her paintings may be familiar as they are available at The Cross in Yaletown.

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Dana Mooney painting | Maxime Favreau

Andrew Hibbs was 13 years old when he began pumping neon. That is filling them with the reactant gasses that give the illuminating signs their light and colour. This love of neon has continued with him learning to bend neon and is a career that is still going strong 16 years later.

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Andrew Hibbs | Helen Siwak

Andrew is one of the few who are still bending neon by hand, as much of the industry has been mechanized.  Customers have the ability to send Endeavour a design or even a phrase in their own handwriting and he brings it to life.

“I always liked to work with my hands. Ever since I was young I would always go fix stuff, would always be working on something,” he says. “This is all hands on. Everything is done by hand. Nothing is bent by machines or anything.”

Venturing out of your comfort zone with Capital G events

This off the beaten track venue consisted of 4 rooms over 3 floors including a stylish main floor area with calming succulent displays by Botany Living and lush bouquets by Flower Factory, delicious Hugo’s Churros (IG: @hugoschurros) with Nutella drizzle and refreshing Nectar Juicery samples.

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Nectar Juicery | Maxime Favreau
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Botany Living & Flower Factory | Helen Siwak

Capital G’s guests were invited into a large dark vault with intimidating concrete walls to feast upon a gloriously divine candlelit candy bar before heading down to an all white room with adult beverage counter by Granville Island Brewery complete with glow sticks and DJ Dave Pugh spinning, then on to the lowest level to meet the artists and view the artwork.

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Candy Bar | Maxime Favreau

Next time you are deciding what to do with your evening, we invite everyone to look for events out of the way, in venues you are not familiar with, in neighbourhoods where you do not frequent. Take a chance and step out of the ordinary and you may find yourself having an experience that is new with surprising elements to share with your friends.

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Helen Siwak | Maxime Favreau

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Helen

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