Great Bear / Clear Cut

Great Bear Rainforest / Clear Cut by Jonny Sopotiuk

Great Bear Rainforest / Clear Cut is a book work completed in 2012. The work looks at the act of clear cut logging in the Great Bear Rainforest in Northern, BC. The book can be read in two directions exploring the impact of clear cutting on the internal imagery.

Historic agreements were signed in 2006 and 2009 that protected a significant portion of the old growth area and banned clear cut logging. Logging is still allowed in around 50% of the area and the Take It Taller Campaign is organizing to protect the entire area. You can sign on to support the campaign here: savethegreatbear.org/takeittaller/support.

Great Bear Rainforest / Clear Cut by Jonny Sopotiuk

Great Bear Rainforest cover image by Ian MacAllister. Clear Cut cover image by Marli Miller.

deCONSTRUCTIONs

deCONSTRUCTIONs by Jonny Sopotiuk
deCONSTRUCTIONs by Jonny Sopotiuk
Fabric, Thead. 2013.

This summer I had the honour of being selected as one of 14 featured artists in the TransgressionNow visual arts show as part of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, BC. The annual event is coordinated by the Pride in Art Society and was curated this year by Paul Wong and Glenn Alteen.

My work, deCONSTRUCTIONs, was a process based project that explores issues of gender, gender identity / construction and consumer culture.

This was my first major show and it was a really fantastic experience. I had the opportunity to meet some amazing local queer artists like SD Holman and belle ancell. I also had my work featured in 24 hrs Vancouver, VancityBuzz and the Ubyssey. It even inspired this vine video by the legendary video artist and show co-curator Paul Wong.

The show ran from July 24 – August 9, 2013. If you didn’t get the chance to see it in person I’d highly recommend watching the recording of the curators talk online here.

Supporting Queers in Russia

I just made a donation to the international queer solidarity fund for Russian queers. In response to the recently passed anti-gay laws in Russia, Nikolai Alekseev, LGBT rights activist, lawyer and journalist, launched an International solidarity fund yesterday. From Nikolai:

Starting from this moment anyone wishing to help us continue our LGBT human rights work in Russia, including the organization of public protests, paying the fines, sorting the legal court campaigns or preparation for Sochi Pride during Olympics, can donate to us without any problems.

Donations are being processed through paypal. Donations can be sent to MOSCOWPRIDE (at) YAHOO.COM. If you’re in a position to donate a large sum you can contact Nikolai directly through facebook here.

Read here for more information of the recent history of the Russian anti-gay laws, the campaign to move the Sochi Olympics and the Russian vodka boycott.

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Winnipeg Folk Fest

Winnipeg Folk Festival Bug
Another new Winnipeg Folk Festival friend! The live background music while this guy makes a trek across my shirt is making it a lot more dramatic than it actually is.

Ever heard of a folk festival social media team? Me neither. Well not until this year I hadn’t.

I’ve been volunteering at the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the past 5 years and my previous jobs were pretty rad, but they were nothing compared to this year. Not only does the festival hook you up with free passes, they feed you three heaping meals of nutritious goodness daily for the entire festival.

This year I joined the media crew on the social media team. I had the privilege of being able to tweet and Instagram throughout the entire festival on the Winnipegfolk accounts. My role was pretty simple, cover some of the festival stages, feature different artists and wander through the site capturing moments and meeting lots of interesting people.

Needless to say the crew and experience was pretty awesome. The one and only downside was the lack of cell and data coverage in Birds Hill Park (located about 20 minutes north of Winnipeg). The network was completely overloaded due to a 4 times increase in cellular and data traffic compared to the previous year. Not only did this kill our interaction levels (as none of the attendees could get online), I’d have to trek across the festival grounds to the media tent at the main stage to access wifi for every update. This was particularly fun when assigned to the Big Blue stage on the opposite end of the festival site.

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Coverage issues aside, it’s really awesome to see organizations like the Winnipeg Folk Festival embracing the digital age, recognizing the power of new media and social sharing. Oh, and did I mention they have a killer iPhone app too?

I’m already counting down the days until #wff2014. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite moments below in the meantime. Otherwise see you next year Winnipeg Folk Fest!

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Instagramarama

Instagram Collage

One of the things I love about Instagram is that you take it with you wherever you go. No need to lug around a bulky camera and photo editing software. The only trade off is that the image quality isn’t always the best. But if you’re glued to your phone like me it is perfect way for capturing those fleeting moments. Do you Instagram too? Hit me up at JonnySopotiuk.

Winnipeg Folk Festival. 2012.
Vancouver Dyke March. Commercial Drive. 2012.
Winnipeg Folk Festival. Birds Hill Park, Manitoba. 2012.

Check out the entire photo gallery here.

Selfies

An entire photo post of self-portraits? Who is this guy! Well, a big part of first year curriculum at Emily Carr University of Art + Design is internal reflection and expression through self-portraits. You need to know where you’re coming from before you know what you’re going to say, right?

Two Dolla Holla. My alter ego as part of a performance piece and experience work. 2012.
Two Dolla Holla. My alter ego as part of a performance piece and experience work. 2012.

Check out some more of the work below and the rest of the photos here. Continue reading Selfies

New Old Photo Work

I’m in the process of finally getting around to uploading my work and to kick it off I thought I’d share some of photos I’ve taken over the years. The first few are a good example of why backing up your computer is an important thing to do. I lost the originals in a laptop crash quite a while ago, but thanks to the magic of Facebook I at least have the low res versions. Check a few of them out below or view the full gallery here.

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This Sucks

Who the hell is this guy and why does his site suck?

Please email me messages/comments with variations of the above noted statement.

For those of you just stumbling over here I must apologize for the terrible web design I’m using. I love falling leaves as much as the next person, but the background, layout and lack of content was meant to be a temporary thing. Six months later I still haven’t gotten around to updating the content and uploading the new design. Suggestions for motivation techniques are quite welcome.

I promise this is on my summer to-do list. In the meantime, hit me up on Facebook. I promise I don’t suck and it’ll be worth your while. You can also check out my old blog and ramblings on Lavender Rhino. Oh, and if you’re still wondering you can find more info and contact information here.

– Jonny Sopotiuk

ART. ACTIVISM. DESIGN.