27 April 2011

Dead Salmon Dialectics by Derrick Stacey Denholm

Winner of the 2011 Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award

From the inside cover:

This long poem is a sophisticated, complex, and intensely knowledgeable representation of systems of language, ecology, and philosophy as it flows through the North Coast.

19 April 2011

Barry McKinnon Chapbook Prize

Congratulations to all who submitted chapbooks for this year's Barry McKinnon Chapbook Awards! A testament to the vitality of our writing community! 

Kael Walske, A Small City Dies
Kael Walske, An Affectionate Reality
Paul Strickland, Realism Versus Fair Play
K Darcy Ingram, Blunt Force
K Darcy Ingram, Red and Blue Striped Shirt
(Runner Up) Irene Fyvie,  Convenience Store Pond      
Alex Buck,  Lead Balloon

Rachelle Durand,  Hysteria
(2011 Winner!) Derrick Denholm, Dead Salmon Dialectics
Tyler Crick,  This Author is Not Dead
Oriana Wesley, Letters from a Foreign Land
Nicole Moorehead, Exposure
Laine Bourassa, In an Apartment
Robyn Klassen, Inflection
Matt Partyka, Poems, 2010-211
Kelsey Livingstone, A Look Inside
Garett Svensen, Vivisections
KT Hawes, Good Social Animals
Andreea Mihis, Love is Falling
Trudi Verbaan-Versteeg, Peeling Back the Layers
Jenny Simpson, Caffeine Revolution
Hilary Crowley,  A Summit Lake Winter

Thank you to Graham Pearce for hosting the event.

12 April 2011

Ctrl - Z

Ctrl - Z represents a cross-section of work done by the ENGL304 - Digital Art class held for the first time this past winter. Students were introduced to aspects of graphic design and illustration and asked to employ these principles to make 2D print art (i.e. not time-based or interactive art). The works were primarily created in either Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator or a combination of both.

On top of having to learn the digital architecture of these programs students were given further formal restrictions pertaining to each assignment: line, shape and colour (no free-form lines) for assignment 1 and text with/or not with shape and/or colour and/or line (again, no free-form lines) for assignment 2. For the final assignment they were asked to have a drawn/scanned or photographic element in combination with text, shape, colour and line (free-form permitted this time) to render their concept or idea.

The problem to be resolved here is that graphic design more times than not brings the form and content (the expression, the message) to the viewer, it is direct, quick and almost percussive in its effect. Art, on the other hand often asks the viewer to come to it, to be immersed and engaged, by being more subtle. So I have asked the students to try and make art by using design elements, parameters and digital design programs. This is parallel to asking for a musical ballad on a digital synthesizer switched to the drum module.

The works are by:            
  Andrea Fredeen, Dandan Lan, Gloria St.John, Gwynne Bilski, Jae Waller, Jan McEachen,
  Jeremy Johnson, Jinyuan Hao, Joanna Smythe, Josh Shortt, Lakeysha O’Neill, Miranda Marcotte, 
  Yuqing Xu, Yusuke Harato.

The show runs April 11 - 30th, 2011 with a closing reception on Thursday the 28th at 7pm.

01 April 2011