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(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

Deanne Achong, Butterine Project

Posted in Art, Photography by petercombe on May 3, 2010

Butterine> Beaters, 2010, 11 x 17″, Lightjet c-print
Butterine> Beaters Pink, 2009, 11 x 15″, Lightjet c-print
Butterine> Margarine with Cochineal Insect Slide, 2010, 11 x 17″, Lightjet c-print

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Deanne Achong is a Vancouver based artist whose work was recently part of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibit at the Diane Farris Gallery this past April. The photographs above were part of the exhibit and are from a new body of work called ‘Butterine’. Achong’s subject matter includes margarine, food dye and the cochineal bug (used to make red dye). Continued viewing of her work over the past month brought to mind Joseph Beuys and his incorporation of margarine, butter, other foodstuffs and animals into his art. Deanne brings an element of Beuys to her work yet juxtaposes her love of Beuys with 21st century society’s frenetic, schizophrenic obsession with food related issues, ie: Food Inc vs the Food Movement. There is a certain immediacy and something a little frightening lurking beneath these beautiful photographs. Could it be a Betty Crocker doppelgänger’s nod to Joseph Beuys? When I first saw this work – I thought they were screen shots to a video piece. I imagined entering a blacked-out room, 3 large video screens, Butterine’s imagery accompanied by a cacophony of sound – a sense of urgency would surely ensue.

Deanne Achong’s Butterine Project; tight, clean, intelligent and current.

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Art tweets in blips and bleeps

Posted in Iran by petercombe on April 17, 2010

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☞ straight.com

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Coming to a Theatre Near You

Posted in All is not as it seems., altered subtitles, Cinéma, souvenirs subversifs by petercombe on April 17, 2010

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@DFGallery Blog

Posted in appropriation, digital Collage, I appropriate, paint chip art, Photomontage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 15, 2010

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Well Hung

Posted in Collage, digital Collage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 10, 2010
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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010, digital collage, HP digital screen, 7 x 8¾”, (édition of 3)

 

Pink Interference in Tom Dixon roomscape, 2010, Digital collage, HP digital screen,  8¾ x 7″

 

Untitled, 2010, digital collage, HP digital screen, 7 x 8¾”

 

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April 1 – May 1, 2010

Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada


Common Thread

Posted in All is not as it seems., Art, Collage, digital Collage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 7, 2010
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Sylvana D’Angelo, Man, 2010 & Peter Combe, Pink Interference in Tom Dixon roomscape, 2010

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Sylvana D’Angelo is one of the artists that I am exhibiting with at the Diane Farris Gallery, April 2010

Twitter/Art+Social Media>

April 1 – May 1, 2010

Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

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The San Francisco Tweet

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Update: @SFranciscoTweet no longer tweets.

Sona Safaei-Sooreh

Posted in Art, Uncategorized, video by petercombe on April 2, 2010

Sona Safaei-Sooreh Post Production
Sona Safaei-Sooreh is one of the artists that I am currently exhibiting with at the Diane Farris Gallery for the month of April.

Twitter/Art+Social Media>

April 1 – May 1, 2010
Diane Farris Gallery

1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

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My Ahmadinejad Piece Featured on DFG Main Page

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, digital Collage, Photomontage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 1, 2010
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