Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Herby's Surplus



Last Friday, while perusing the shelves of Surplus Herby's Vernon store, I came upon a discount book table. The first book I saw was The Ben Calder Story (2005) by Stephen Zeifman, which, according to its cover, is "Book Three of the Toronto Trilogy."

Here is the synopsis that appears at Goodreads:

Ben Calder, an artist teaching at one of Canada’s oldest independent girl’s schools, is beginning to unravel. After a female student arrives from Italy, he realizes that he was in love with her mother in high school. When the mother arrives in Toronto for her daughter’s 18th birthday, however, the daughter’s jealousy precipitates Ben’s fall. Probing the heart of contemporary malaise, this novel follows a man without faith, navigating through the moral and ethical dilemmas of modern life.

And here is Deirdre Kelly's Goodreads review:

Mr. Zeifman was my art teacher at a Toronto gilrs' school, the backdrop to this rather sorry portrait of a teacher on the verge of what seems to be a nervous breakdown. I admit being a tad shocked by it. I found the sexual portraits hard to stomach. My favourite scene was at the very beginning, a haunting re-creation of a Jewish camping experience in the hinterland of Ontario, which was mightily evocative. When things got graphic and weird, I lost my capacity for empathy. Call me old-fashioned.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Custom Made



Last Saturday I attended the opening of Custom Made/ Tsitslem te stem te ck'ultenskuc at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Guest curated by Tania Willard, this exhibition "focuses on artists referencing skill-based artistic production within a contemporary and transformative context."

The image atop this post is from Ursula Johnson's Basket Weaving (2015), a performance in which the artist weaves herself inside a basket, then breaks from it.

Expect my full review at Canadian Art online sometime in mid-July

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Clay Pot Heater




Ages ago I posted a video on how to make a clay pot heater with a candle. Then people started posting on the dangers of clay pot heaters. The video above claims to be a new and improved clay pot heater.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

"Baby's In Black" (1965)




The Beatles' last (paying) concert was on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. Of the 11 songs they performed atop that relatively small rectangle inside that relatively large oval, the fifth was "Baby's In Black."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Candlestick Park (1960-2015)



Millions visited San Francisco's Candlestick Park during its 55 years as a venue for baseball, football and other cultural events.

The picture up top -- a Smithsonian "ruin in reverse" -- was taken in the late-1950s, during the stadium's construction. The picture below was taken in February, 2015, during its demolition.