What: No Landscapes
When: Feb. 24 & 25
Where: Maxx Fish
Artists Sharai Rewels and Kate Power sit down over tea at a local caffeine joint to talk about their underground art show No Landscapes showing Sunday, Feb. 24 to Monday, Feb. 25 at Maxx Fish.
The talk is almost as entertaining as what the show itself is going to be.
They can’t get out a full sentence. The two artists and event organizers keep finishing each other’s thoughts, piling one idea on top of another.
We talk about the music theme for the Sunday night show. The two volley back and forth, finally landing on an entirely new subject.
“I want to say cute and indie,” Rewels says.
“I hate the word indie,” Power replies.
Power tries again adding a few more letters.
“More of an independent collaboration of theatre, comedy and music.”
Now Rewels objects.
“Okay, no don’t say that,” Power is now correcting me. “How about theatrical.”
Lucy and Ethel agree.
Theatrical is also the best adjective to describe what creative enthusiasts are going to walk into at the two-day and night showing of No Landscapes.
The show is just as the title implies. There will be no watercolours sweeping across a mountain-framed sky. No photos boasting wild flower-ridden alpine meadows.
Not that Rewels and Power have anything against this stereotypical kind of art hung in most commercial galleries around Whistler. There is a place and a time for it. Only these two nights aren’t it.
Guests will get a backstage tour of the Sea to Sky’s underground art scene with never before seen artwork. Some will be hung on the wall, others pulled onto your feet.
New this year, English Dan will exhibit toys, nutcrackers and cowboy boots. Phresha of Deviant Ethics (also the cover artist of this week’s Pique Newsmagazine) will show street-art inspired graphics while Marquee Mark is all about shoes and skate decks. Other newbies include Ange Teng, Wes Hughes, and Darren Camplin.
All of the usual suspects from Whistler’s cutting-edge art scene will be there including Laurin Javor, The Incredible Amoeba, Dave “Pepe” Petko and more. Power will introduce her wearable art with her unique jewelry line (check out the film dangling earrings) and Rewels will hang her clothing line Chozn Couture for some amazing local shopping.