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July 2014 @ the BAG

Summer Artist:
Jim Cummins: The Artist who created the BAG Unicorn!
A retrospective. A musical performance.
Free concert opening: Sat. July 19 @ 8 pm

Jim Cummins AKA “I, Braineater” was ground zero in the Vancouver punk underground art world in the late 1970s.  Involved in performance arts, painting, photography, film and music, Cummins’ work has been featured in film, television and magazines, and has appeared in a multitude of solo and group exhibits worldwide.  A ‘witty’, ambiguous commentator on popular culture, a Vancouver artrock icon, the creator of the popular ‘blockhead’ characters which showed up on everything from t-shirts to album covers, Jim Cummins’ works have been described as “a mélange of science fiction and sword and sorcery, flavored with punk mythology.”

Scott Watson, department head of Art History Visual Art & Theory at University of British Columbia, wrote of the Braineaters in Vanguard Magazine 1982, “In the Braineaters work there is clearly a great deal of conviction and it is with a certain pride that I can note that they are much better painters than any of the German or New York neo-expressionists now glutting the market…”. Canadian Art Magazine writes in an early 1980s article on Vancouver, “Braineater (a.k.a.Jim Cummins) at the Montgomery Café – his manic and compulsive passion for making art matched only by his genius for self-promotion. I Braineater is I, Vancouver.”  Even Douglas Coupland has weighed in with “Jim Cummins of I, Braineater is one of the few cool things about 1980s Vancouver, along with the Montgomery Café.” Super Electro Records, two of Jim’s paintings have been absorbed into the Vancouver  Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Tues. July 22 at 7:30 pm   By donation.
Overcomers: An Evening of Worship Music
With Mario & Anne Iacavone

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