If you've ever had a childhood, chances are you spent a little time contemplating what alternate realities might look like. A child's imagination is boundless, unyielding and completely indiscriminate in where it will fly. Here, people can catch up to their parents in age. Toy soldiers can take on heroic efforts in storage closets. And so on.
For Scotia Creek's latest exhibit, five surrealist artists incorporate this childlike perspective into their own interpretations of an alternate universe. Bizarre yet beautiful, these works challenge the view to rethink the nature of the existing world as they see it.
Multiverse is the brainchild of Mandy Tsung, who says the exhibit is a venue for her small circle of Vancouver-based surrealists to show their work together.
"We've all been working together for a few years now so I thought it would be a really good opportunity to have a show together," she says.
Also included in the exhibit are Russell Alton, Kristian Adam, Nomi Chi and Daniel Tibbits. Tsung says that working together has been a source of inspiration for all of them.
"It's always cool to see what's happening in their brains and then getting inspired by that," she says.
Tsung's own work, inspired by editorial fashion photography and nature, embodies "the vulnerability, strength, love and sexuality that are inherent within human beings."
Like many surrealists, her work is influenced by the art and stories that she read as a child. But it's the regular world that she lives in now, the world around all of us, is where she gets most of her ideas.
"I definitely look at my world and see sparks of things that I'd like to enhance and bring out," she says.
Tsung's work, along with the work of the other four artists, will be on display at Scotia Creek Gallery in Millennium Place from now until May 10.
Whistler Exposed seeks models
It's that time of year again. The snow is melting. The cherry blossoms are, uh, blossoming. Seasonal residents are heading back home.
But more importantly, Whistler Exposed is seeking women for its 2013 calendar.
A casting call will be held for local calendar girls at the Longhorn Saloon on Wednesday, April 18. Interested ladies should arrive between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to sign up. Each of them will take to the runway in both sport and bikini ensembles.
"We're looking for the confident Whistler girl (who's) athletic," says Shannen Carlson, director of Whistler Exposed Inc. "Personality is always key. Things like that."
The fourth edition of the Whistler Exposed calendar will also be available in over 200 stores in Canada in 2013. Earlier this year, the calendar won its second Bronze Award for Best Wall Calendar from the Nation & World Calendar Association.
Vagina Monologues cont'd
The Howe Sound Women's Centre is taking its production of The Vagina Monologues to Quest University for a two-night stint starting Friday. Entry is a $5 minimum donation and proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the HSWC.