Editor's Journal

Updates on what we're enjoying today

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Little Dom’s, LA

By Emmy Lee | Posted on June 7th, 2013

I’m back in LA for a few days doing some studio visits and haven’t had much time to suss out new places to eat but last night I went to Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, a relaxed, old school Italian-inspired restaurant that was buzzy (apparently a bit of a celeb hangout) and felt like a … (More →)

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Virtually Stephen Fry

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on June 6th, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Stephen Fry — from his from his charming and hilarious turn as one half of a comedy duo with Hugh Laurie on A Bit of Fry & Laurie to his turn as Melchett in Blackadder to his witty, hilarious and poignant writing, Fry is a veritable cultural gem. I adored … (More →)

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Ellen Gallagher: AxME

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on June 5th, 2013

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004-5
60 works on paper, etching, screenprint, lithograph with plasticine, velvet, toy eyeballs and coconut oil
© Ellen Gallagher

The Tate Modern in London is one of those rare institutions that consistently puts on excellent mid-career survey and retrospective exhibitions. With the power to secure loans from the most important public … (More →)

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Index @ Gallery 295, Vancouver

By Emmy Lee | Posted on June 5th, 2013

Joel Stevenett, Orange Chair, 2012

Gallery 295 is a relatively new exhibition space focusing on Canadian photo-based art being programmed by artists Michael Love and Jason Gowans. With past shows focusing on the work of Raymond Boisjoly, Cedrid Bomford and Scott Massey, it seems like they are putting together an interesting and diverse range … (More →)

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Penn Station Redesign

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on June 3rd, 2013

Manhattan’s Penn Station has become something of an blight for the city, an example of urban decay and compromised security for the metropolis. The question of how to revive this station — which serves more than 300,000 people daily and is the busiest transportation hub in the US — continues to arise as the city … (More →)

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Cantinone Gia Schiavi, Venice

By Sarah Hyde | Posted on June 3rd, 2013

I was drawn to San Trovaso, the backwater canal on which Gia Shiavi is located by the gondolier workshop at the corner. I thought that I might find something authentic there in the Venice of the Venetians. My curiosity was rewarded in Cantinone Gia Shiavi. Peering into the shop window, I caught sight of … (More →)

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Best of Hot Docs @ Vancity Theatre

By Emmy Lee | Posted on June 3rd, 2013

I’m often woefully disappointed when I go to the movies these days – it seems all the best parts of a film often end up in the trailer. It’s frustrating that some of the more interesting international films never make it to Vancouver or play for one night only so if you’re wanting to catch … (More →)

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Burgers in Vegas

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 31st, 2013

I’m heading to Vegas in a couple of weeks for some dry heat and I can’t wait. Vegas – once the land of $9.99 steak dinners has since transformed itself into a real food destination – at least for those on expense or deep pockets. But seriously, almost all the most famous chefs in America … (More →)

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Archeology of the Digital

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 30th, 2013

Shoei Yoh Hamura, Odawara Municipal Sports Complex, 1991, digital rendering. © Shoei Yoh Hamura

When I lived in Montreal, one of my favourite exhibition venues was the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Founded in in 1979, the CCA hosts temporary exhibitions that examine the social and cultural contributions of design and the built environment as well … (More →)

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Fire Island Pines

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 29th, 2013

I recently came across this new photography book by Tom Bianchi that explores, through Polaroids, the history of Fire Island as a summer holiday destination — and place for escape and refuge — for the gay community. Bianchi’s photos are from the 1970s and early 1980s, just prior to the AIDS crisis, and reveal the … (More →)

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Max Ernst at Fondation Beyeler

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 29th, 2013

Napoleon in the Wilderness (Detail), 1941, The Museum of, Modern Art, New York © 2013, ProLitteris, Zurich

I worked on a Surrealism exhibition a couple of years ago at the Vancouver Art Gallery and during that time really came to appreciate the work of Max Ernst. He made sound astounding, fantastical paintings, but I was … (More →)

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Knoll book published by Rizzoli

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 27th, 2013

I recently got a copy of Knoll: A Modernist Universe by Brian Lutz and fell in love. Published by Rizzoli, an imprint renowned for art, design and fashion publications, their treatment of Knoll – a company synonymous with modern design – is both beautiful and incredibly informative. Starting with a history of the company, which … (More →)

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New Whitney Identity

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 24th, 2013

It’s funny how much we associate a company or an institution with its graphic identity; it can be quite jarring when logos and wordmarks are revamped. I definitely don’t subscribe to the notion that new is always better — especially when it comes to graphic design — but it’s undeniable that as an institution evolves, … (More →)

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Four Corners: A Painting Show

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 24th, 2013

Last year, we featured an interview with Deirdre McAdam’s on her painting practice and explorations of abstraction. This Friday, for one night only, you can catch her work, as well as that of her friends and colleagues in McAdams’ first curatorial endeavour at The Chinatown Experiment. We asked her to share a bit about the … (More →)

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The Monocle Guide to Better Living

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 23rd, 2013

While Monocle may not be something that I read everyday, I do appreciate how the stylish magazine so seamlessly fuses economics, travel, culture, art, and fashion into infinitely readable and easily digestible nuggets. The magazine’s design is elegant, if a bit slick, and I love their use of infographics throughout the copy. Not content with … (More →)

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Dunlevy Snack Bar

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 23rd, 2013

I have often bemoaned the lack of good bars in Vancouver – the kind of place where you can just sit back anonymously with a drink and food is a secondary thought. I tend to go either high or low – so typically I’m at the Georgia Hotel (at their Lobby Lounge) or the Caffè … (More →)