Contemporary art is really depressing me these days. Why is everyone so apathetic? Why is the work so cold and inaccessible under the guise of complexity? What does it mean to live anachronistically? Why are we gardening and presenting tutorials on mushroom spores when there are actual honest to goodness FARMERS who are not getting nearly enough credit or pay to do this for a living? Why do we think shaking hands and high five-ing is going to save us from the depression of our economic and political state? Why are we so obsessed with the fifties and sixties and giving HJs to artists that have already done a bunch of stuff that we have already acknowledged them for? Why are we just recreating things but not in a better or transformative way? Is that just another couple of sticks leaning on the wall? Is that just ephemera in a vitrine and books on a plinth? Is that ephemera on a book on top of a stick, near a vitrine, with more ephemera on a plant? Are we still talking about community? Aren't gradients over? When did 'just enough' become enough? Why are upper middle class twenty-somethings making art about being skids? Why didn't I become a pastry chef?
When We Swam is a blog dedicated to thoughtful and amusing discussions on topics that include, but are not limited to: art, fashion, culinary endeavours, design, celebrity, music, animals, and literature.
Stuff We Love
Bicycles (always), fresh winter air, walks in the mountains followed by glazed doughnuts, mandarin oranges, Fleetwood Mac, apple cider with bourbon, cinnamon bark ornaments, woodsy candles, mohair socks, plaid shirts, flannel shirts, duck boots, rotary phones, cat ornaments, the Sunshine Coast, real Christmas trees, LES MISERABLES!
Stuff We Hate
Crowds, Margaret Wente, stuffy air on the bus, conversation crashers at parties, Vancouver drivers, bad lemons, people who steal your newspaper, business dress codes, shorts in winter - seriously, Vancouver!