.atomic number 79.
I like buttons. You like buttons. I *really* like buttons. in fact i went to the Taboo Sex Show just to get a Terminal City Rollergirls button. which is only a half truth: i actually went to the Taboo Sex Show to TALK to the Terminal City Rollergirls and the button-getting was just a bonus secondary action. Fuck. yea. for bonuses.
Back to buttons. buttons are awesome. tiny, cool, and you can stick them virtually anywhere (animals and computer excluded). plus they can display fun mini art visions, words, business cards, faces, virtually anything you can fit on a button (there are no exceptions to this one!) Welcome to the table: Hot One Inch Action.
So the perfect recipe is buttons + art + TRADING….. wha? i d.o.n.t. want to trade my buttons. damn you. well, okay… but only for that one.
it’s that simple. buttons + art + trading = hot one inch action art show. going on its 6th year in vancouver, creators Chris Bentzen and Jim Hoehnle really have mixed up the perfect social experiment. the event is a curated art show, but the catch is that you can buy a random bag of buttons for 5 bucks and then spend the night, approaching people palm up, with your buttons in hand for solemn trades. it was a match made in heaven for socially awkward people (*ahem* me) and social events in the art community.
i didn’t think that i would be into the whole trading thing but then bitches. i got down. i was a trading machine. seriously. acquiring the coveted zombie cupcake button, happy owl button, immaculate confection button and the delightful cat in a sweater button. plus the whole evening was contained at the new Perel Gallery that is part of W2 Woodwards. this shit is gonna be a stellar space for future events.
Hot One Inch Action really gets the recipe perfect. when you make the art opening experience an engagement of social activity where people can walk away from the evening with a chestful of wearable art, then kitties, you are full of total.epic.stellarness.
(ps. photos by Kris Krüg)