Photography by VANDOCUMENT

Photographic documentation by VANDOCUMENT

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Background / ThisPlace Artists’ Talk

Background / ThisPlace Artists’ Talk

Artists Emilio Rojas, Igor Santizo, and Guadalupe Martinez close out the series of events that accompany Background / This Place at grunt with an artist talk and potluck

Following the official opening on May 10 2013, as well as various talks and walks to accompany the exhibition, artists Emilio Rojas, Guadalupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo held a talk/panel/Q&A on a Saturday afternoon at grunt gallery. This talk gave the audience an opportunity to hear about, ask about, and begin to understand the density […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Safe/Guard and Feast: Mystery and Intrigue at the rEvolver Festival

Safe/Guard and Feast: Mystery and Intrigue at the rEvolver Festival

A teasingly mysterious look a pair of original dance/performances by local Vancouver artists as they begin their run at Upintheair Theatre's rEvolver Festival at The Cultch

On an overcast afternoon in May, Hailey McCloskey and Ash Tanasiychuk of VANDOCUMENT headed to the soon-to-be destroyed green house at The Cultch to get a sneak preview of Safe/Guard and Feast. This show, featuring two separate, yet curiously connected, original works, has been notoriously advertised with very little literal explanation. “A Visual Poem & […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

District Dogs In The Window At Bird On A Wire

District Dogs In The Window At Bird On A Wire

Main Street shop invites a new creative entrepreneurial business to demo their process and product at this weekly event

As part of a super rad ongoing series highlighting the creators of the work sold at their shop, the owners of Bird On A Wire (2535 Main St) host “Artist In The Window” every Saturday from 11am to 4pm. It pays to get out and talk to shop owners! While on assignment for Vancouver Magazine, […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

You Came Here By Chance at 221A

You Came Here By Chance at 221A

An evening of photographic work address our idea of space in relation to environment

On a beautiful May evening, a group exhibition of photography opened at Chinatown gallery 221A. Attended by a range of people old and young, the show, curated by Avalon Mott, included something that could appeal to everyone. You Came Here By Chance was defined by being about place. But that’s where the similarities stopped. Although […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

A Beautiful Decay at Positive Negative

A Beautiful Decay at Positive Negative

Polaroid show features an international array of artists that challenge the limitations of the format

The event description for this show of Polaroids highlighted the international representation of artists: Germany, Sweden, England, Italy, Czech Republic, Australia, Brazil, United States, and Canada. It also poetically described the reason for the title: “‘Beautiful Decay’ sharpens its gaze on disorder and desolation, where memories are forgotten and left behind, and the laws of […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Mural at Broadway & Main by Ola Volo: Illustration Artist, Future Superstar

Mural at Broadway & Main by Ola Volo: Illustration Artist, Future Superstar

Another example of Ola's beautifully flowing work in Vancouver. Mural created May 2013

One of the nicest women you’ll meet, Ola Volo, artist and illustrator, has taken the plunge and is dedicating herself entirely to her art. Thanks to prodding by close friends, Ola quit her day job to pursue her love of telling visual stories through illustrations both big and small. Nature and folklore are Ola’s focus, […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Finding Our Place In Time: Background / ThisPlace at Grunt Gallery

Finding Our Place In Time: Background / ThisPlace at Grunt Gallery

A retrospective project spans 40 years to achieve collaborative success on a grand scale

Maps at a massive scale, this show needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Referencing the 1972 ‘Background / Vancouver’ work by Michael de Courcy (with Taki Bluesinger, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis), three artists (Emilio Rojas, Guadalupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo) have revisited this conceptual project. It’s gorgeous, it’s intriguing, and there are […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

SWEAT

SWEAT

Basket weaving performance by Gaye Chan @ Access Gallery

Stoked that I swung by to shoot Gaye Chan’s performance/theatre/demo piece SWEAT – it was even more visually alluring than I had hoped, and although a blustery windy day, there were enough people caught by her seemingly disembodied arms working away on weaving baskets to make for interesting shots. I spoke with Chan during, and […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

CARDED! Shakes Up The Art Scene

CARDED! Shakes Up The Art Scene

Gallery goers get interactive as the excitement for original art on trading cards is high

Think art openings are just places for people to stand around in near silence, hands folded behind their backs, or stroking their beards in deep contemplation? Think again: the creators of Hot One Inch Action (a night of button art) present CARDED! a one-night only show of art on trading cards. The walls of the […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Luciana D’Anunciação’s Echoes a Textural Body of Movement

Luciana D’Anunciação’s Echoes a Textural Body of Movement

At the SFU MFA Spring Exhibition, D'Anunciação's slow reveal of body is a teasingly visual masterpiece

In late March 2013, the Audain Gallery hosted the Spring Exhibition of the current Master of Fine Art students from Simon Fraser University. Titled Syllogisms, there was a wide range of work to take in: a gallery full of paintings, sculpture, projection, and video. I was asked by dancer Luciana D’Anunciação to photograph her performance, […]

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