|THE OPENING is all about delving into the fascinating, quirky and wonderful visual arts in Vancouver. Each week we’ll feature an artist, cover an exhibition, discuss a lecture and everything else in-between to delve deep into who and what makes art happen!|
Whoever said that print is dead surely wasn’t looking in the right places. Today marks the first day of our city’s second annual Art/Book Fair, a sprawling and lively occasion that celebrates independent publishing in all its strangeness, subversion, and beauty. Besides the booths, where you can load up on all sorts of artist-made ephemera, the fair hosts a number of related events from readings about children who begin unrequited love affairs with sculptures to “Google Trips” that take participants on zoom-in, zoom-out adventures through unusual virtual landscapes.
Vancouver Art/Book Fair director Tracy Stefanucci was kind enough to speak with me about her “accidental” interest in artist publishing, her role in founding Canada’s first Art/Book fair, and where she sees print culture going in the future. Though she insists that she doesn’t play favourites, she does make some killer recommendations.