Japan – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:46:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Japan – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Japanese art blossoms at local gallery https://www.langaravoice.ca/japanese-art-blossoms-at-local-gallery/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 17:01:40 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=42058 Helen Duckworth says Federation Gallery has had floral displays in the past, but none like Bloom.]]>

Reported by Chelsea Liu

Helen Duckworth says Federation Gallery has had floral displays in the past, but none like Bloom.

Duckworth, the gallery’s education coordinator, said the inspiration behind the exhibition comes from the year she spent in Japan and what she saw at Sōgetsuryū School of Ikebana.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement is a tradition that goes back to the seventh century. The Bloom exhibition combines live Ikebana with floral paintings.

“Ikebana is an art in its own right,” Duckworth said. She said the combination of the two exhibitions would complement each other and make the display stand out.

“I wanted to marry the two.”

Budding reviews

Those who attended say the combination is not something you see often.

Marlene Martens attended the exhibition. She is a member with the gallery and frequently goes to see the different displays. She said compared to other floral shows Bloom stands out.

“The displays with Ikebana, it’s wonderful to see,” Martens said.

Graham McGarva also attended the show. He agreed with Martens on the unique approach of Bloom.

“The displays are special, I’ve never seen that combination, usually you come in here and just see paintings,” McGarva said.

Flowers from far and wide

The art gallery has 2,800 member artists across Canada.

Pieces featured during Bloom are chosen by a jury review panel from submissions by those member artists and determine what pieces are shown.

The call for submissions started last December and a month before the exhibition, the review jury takes place. Artists then have a month to submit their work, and after the gallery collects all the pieces, the coordinator has three hours to install and arrange the art before opening day.

“I took the idea from past displays and rebranded it into Bloom,” Duckworth said.

Federation Gallery’s exhibition at Granville Island will run until April 14.

Wacky travel show a hit at Langara https://www.langaravoice.ca/wacky-travel-show-a-hit-at-langara/ Sat, 30 Mar 2019 00:00:24 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41850 A Langara photography alumnus’s passion for documenting his travels enabled him to share his unique experience with a wide audience.]]>

Reported by Kim Lau

A Langara photography alumnus’s passion for documenting his travels enabled him to share his unique experience with a wide audience. It was the simple joy of meeting the people on his travels that made him feel lucky and happy.

“The people I met in Tibet, Burma and India are incredibly funny, kind and happy people. The more remote I’ve been, the kinder people are. Simpler life makes it more joyful,” William Jans said.

Jans is a professional photographer who graduated from Langara’s photography department and has a knack for storytelling using images he captured on his travels around the world.

That’s the pull to his long-standing travel shows, which have been seen by 80,000 Canadians over 17 years.

His latest show, A Man, A Plan, Japan, was performed at Langara on March 22.

“I’ve produced nine different shows in total. And I’m very proud to have received a standing ovation for the sold-out Shadows in Morocco show which premiered on March 15,” Jans said.

A sense of adventure

Jans said that his sense of adventure, his willingness to assimilate with the locals and learn their languages while looking for the positives in people, opened himself up to absurd events which enriched his narratives and provided a sense of the unexpected, which his viewers love about him.

The A Man, A Plan, Japan performance at Langara was Tim Nim’s second viewing.

“Jans’s narration was very good. He made it very interesting to follow along. And the way he combined still photographs to video clips made it more entertaining and interesting. It was very good,” Nim said.

Eric and Caroline Liu first saw the show about five years ago. Since then, they have visited Japan three times.

Last Friday, they returned to the theatre to reminisce about their time in Japan.

“Jans’s show was a bit of a reference as to where to go when we finally made the trip to Japan, three times in all.”

“We went to a lot of the places Jans talked about,” Caroline Liu said.

“We were able to compare what we did and what he did. We love it,” Liu said.