Though COVID-19 measures continue, quarantine isn’t stopping Vancouver’s arts offerings. Here are some of the must-watch streaming and digital offerings this week.
ART CONNECTS: SANDEEP JOHAL
(May 15 at 4:30 p.m., VAG Zoom Channel; pre-register here)
You know her for her swirling black-and-white imagery, feminine themes, and boldly colourful forms, whether that’s for a Vancouver Mural Festival work on the side of Chutney Villa in Mount Pleasant or her work as artist-in-residence at the Indian Summer Festival in 2018. Now, Johal has created an inspiring artwork across the boarded up store at 1132 Robson Street as part of #MakeArtWhileApart—a monkey and a bird encouraging us all to “hang in there”. She’ll talk about that, art’s ability to uplift, and more in this installment of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Zoom-hosted series; the VAG’s Jas Lally and Stephanie Bokenfohr host the talk.
(May 15 on Apple TV)
In mid-March, when acclaimed B.C. playwright and screenwriter Marie Clements’s film was set to open in theatres, we called it “deliriously atmospheric storytelling and imagery”. The haunting project, which moves between the Arctic and Afghanistan, was pulled when theatres across the country closed days later. It’s well worth searching out on its streaming release Friday.
(May 16 at 10 p.m. on Youtube as part of the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms series)
One of Vancouver’s best sketch duos take to YouTube for a late-Saturday-night livestream of their bold and absurdly whacked-out mashup of theatre and comedy. These are the same guys that made you laugh your ass off during White Pants at the Vancouver Fringe Festival a few years back.
Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint
(Streaming on VIFF site)
If you missed this eye-opening documentary about one of the greatest female painters of the last century, catch it online now. Sweden’s Hilma af Klint is largely credited with painting the western world’s first abstract work, in 1906, several years before Wassily Kandinsky took that credit. We called it “exquisitely crafted and engaging” at VIFF last year, and it’s lushly illustrated with a weath of her colour-charged, only recently unearthed works.