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Tuesday
Feb242015

Ian Wallace – The Construction Site

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Catriona Jeffries
274 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver BC V5T 1A6
January 17 – February 28, 2015

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The cavernous Catriona Jefferies gallery, tucked away in East Vancouver, is currently hosting Ian Wallace's latest show, The Construction Site. While the subject itself isn't my favourite focal point, it is intriguing to see how Wallace explores 'works in progress' in relation to his own artwork and the constant evolution of the modern landscape. Ian is one of Vancouver's most recognized artists and one of my personal favourites – from any city – so I would recommend stopping by before the end of the month.

Catriona Jeffries

Tuesday
Feb242015

Gosha Rubchinskiy Spring-Summer '15

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01. Heavy Twill Cotton Coat.
02. Sweatshirt.

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Gosha Rubchinskiy's Spring-Summer '15 collection is his best to date, taking strong strides forward off the back of a highly publicized fall season. The silhouettes, graphics and variety of styles all work together nicely, and while still quite youthful, there are plenty of wearable pieces alongside a few more challenging items.

Available from Working Title

Monday
Feb232015

Arthur Russell – World of Echo

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—01. Released on Audika Records

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Arthur Russell is an under-appreciated icon of 1970s New York City experimentalism; at one point even acting as musical director of the legendary Soho venue, The Kitchen. The music he produced throughout his career touched on such diverse genres as minimalism, pop, country and disco until his death in 1991 from AIDS. World of Echo, released in 1986, is arguably his seminal and most accomplished work, utilizing only voice, cello and echoes to create drumless, restrained and meditative soundscapes. This approach is filtered through his distinct sensibility by stripping away the extraneous trappings of pop music and used to interpret the language of minimalism already developed in the previous decade by luminary artists such as Steve Reich, Brian Eno and Terry Riley. In the process Russell created a wholly unique album that asserts his important role in 20th century experimental music and proves that his idiosyncratic viewpoint is essentially peerless. In 1987 he perfectly encapsulated the thesis of what this record is about with the statement: “In outer space you can’t take your drums – you take your mind."

Available from Forced Exposure

Monday
Feb232015

Los Angeles – Stussy Spring 2015 by Tyrone Lebon

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Photographed by Tyrone Lebon and styled by Tom Guinness, Stussy presents their Spring 2015 collection through a series of spirited portraits captured in Los Angeles. The images feature a handful of vintage Stussy pieces alongside items from the latest offering, providing a vibrant, youthful aesthetic for the California-based brand.

Stussy

Sunday
Feb222015

Runner's Journal: Footwear

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–01. Photography by Fahim Kassam.

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With a solid month of training down, and a little over two to go, I'm feeling faster. I can feel the benefits of the group runs and hill repeats already – something that I'd never done before, and probably wouldn't have on my own. I've implemented more omega-3 fatty acids, have been drinking a lot of tart cherry juice, and have been more conscious about eating carbohydrates before runs, but especially after, in the recommended 4/1 ratio to protein, something I was surprised to learn. In terms of achieving this easily, Vega has been a great option so far.

The last two clinics in the training course have focused heavily on injury prevention. Besides actually running a lot, this is probably the most vital aspect of preparing for the marathon, and certainly my biggest concern...

BMO Vancouver Marathon
Running Room
Nike Running

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Sunday
Feb222015

Carl Auböck & Table of Contents Leather-Wrapped Bronze Stones

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–01. Five sizes.

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I feel as though I’ve seen an increasing amount of Carl Auböck pieces more widely available as recognition for the Austrian designer and company continues to grow, but I’d yet to see a collaboration. At the end of 2014, the Portland-based shop Table of Contents released five Auböck paperweights made from brass, based on the classic leather-wrapped stone which dates back to the 19th century.

Available from Table of Contents

Saturday
Feb212015

Weekend Listening: Jimmy Johnson

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01-02. Portraits by Paolo Azarraga.

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I came across Jimmy Johnson for the first time after he released In God We Trust last year, followed by a handful of singles including standouts 'Sun Goes Down' and 'Northside'. The young rapper-cum-singer has a unique sound, partially due to his creative partnership with producer Eric Dingus, but also because of his relatively mature perspective. After having spoken with Jimmy last summer, it was clear to see that he was not your average 22-year-old, both sonically and in the way he's releasing projects and developing his career. In November he issued Red Ferrari, which I keep going back to. With definite influence from 808s and Heartbreaks, and more subtle inspiration from Toronto natives Abel and PND, Jimmy provides his own perspective and offers an impressively restrained EP, especially for somebody so young. It's yet to be seen whether he'll be next in line for OVO Sound, but I am anticipating another productive year in 2016.

SoundCloud: Jimmy Johnson

Saturday
Feb212015

Anatomica Trim Fit Pants

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01. 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton.
02. Navy.

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Simple, basic trousers that feature a contemporary cut and interesting details aren’t the easiest to come by without having to make some compromise in either fit or finishing. These are one of better pairs I’ve come across recently and, much like the rest of the French brand’s offerings, are sure to live up to expectations with their tapered fit and interesting use of a snap button at the waist. 

Available from Starling

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