NOT YOUR GRAMMA'S ART SHOW
Look out, Ottawa: there’s a nifty, nerdy
new art show on the scene that is most definitely not
your gramma’s art show. No water colour sunrises and oil
paintings of sunflowers, folks; the Wonder Geeks Activate!
show promises to be
a very cool event to interact with some highly talented young artists.
Girl, Crafted chatted with Adam Tupper,
artist and organizer of the Wonder Geeks Activate! art show, to learn a bit
more about what you can expect to see on February 25th ’13, at
Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa’s Byward Market. Here’s what Adam shared with us
about the show and himself.
INTERVIEW WITH WONDER GEEKS ACTIVATE! ORGANIZER, ADAM TUPPER
|Cheetara by Adam Tupper|
GC: What is your name?
AT: Adam Tupper. There are two middle names
too, but I'm not telling. A man has to have some secrets.
What do you do? (Your art, not your day job)
AT: My art is a mixture of four main
styles: Super-Women (which is attractive model pinup ladies dressed as
superheroes - done in a very realistic style); Fusion Art (combining characters
that were never supposed to be together in both costume and art style); Say...Hello
Project (Hello Kitty meets everything and anything); and horror (pretty self
explanatory - monsters and blood).
How long have you been doing it?
AT: Art in general? Since as long as I can
remember. Art as a profession? Since Aug. 2010.
Tell us about your art show: what's it called, where is it, what's it all
AT: Wonder Geeks Activate! is an art/music
show aimed at geeks and nerds. It happens on February 25th at Zaphod
Beeblebrox, 27 York Street in the Market. It's basically just an excuse to get
like-minded people together and celebrate geek culture while drinking alcohol.
Who will be in the show?
AT: Only some of the best local artists
Edith Chartier (AKA Silver Lotus -
costuming queen and maker of a huge variety of arts and crafts)
Morgan Dunbar (AKA Geek Charming - she of
t-shirts, accessories and creator of our logo)
Cherry Valance (local artist/model/awesome
Staja Artists Collective (Buttons, art,
Curtis Tiegs (Artist, man who works with
famous people on comic books)
Mirror Comics (Local comic book company,
kings of industry)
Darren Bird (Creator of art, owner of
Lissa Huddlestone (New Artist, very eager)
Jordan Richer (Artist/Photographer/Evil
Choleena DiTullio (Mixed media artist,
Oh and me [Adam Tupper]. I'm there too. Probably in a
Why did you want to put this show on?
AT: I wanted to do an art show with my friends and
other members of the geek and nerd community because I think there's a lot of
talented people here who aren't getting the attention they deserve. We focus so
much on so-called "high art" here in the city that it's important to
showcase all artists working in all genres. I also wanted to do something for
the local genre community which is just massive. There should be more local
geeky/nerdy events in Ottawa and I'm hoping people get behind this event so we
can do them with greater frequency.
|Edith Chartier/Silver Lotus|
What kind of stuff do you think we'll see at the show? What'll the price range
AT: I've worked with most of these artists
before so you're going to see quite a wide variety of work. We have comic book
style art, cartooning, hyper-realism, pixel art, paper art, mashup art,
photography, jewellery, buttons, actual comics for sale, small prints, big
prints, originals, t-shirts...it's really a mix of everything. Prices should
range from $1-$2 for small items all the way into the hundreds for original
artwork. All the artists will have items for sale that are in and around $5-$10
so attendees will have no problem finding some fantastic affordable art.
Is there anything else happening during the show? (performances, drinks, etc)
AT: We'll be having some live videogaming
happening with some professional players button-mashing on some old-school
systems. We should also have cartoons and anime playing on some of the TVs at
Zaphods. Maybe if we're all lucky we'll also have some costumed guests show up.
Where can people go to learn more?