Here at Quest, we are lucky enough to be granted a five day break every month. During those four days, everyone packs up to head home, camp, ski, hike – you name it! But why don’t more people stay on campus? I believe that sticking around the Sea to Sky area over block break has been terribly underrated within our community. There is so much the Sea to Sky Corridor has to offer.
This block break I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibition: Juxtapoz X Superflat
This show has been specially curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco (the editor of Juxtapoz Magazine). This exhibit, much like Juxtapoz magazine’s manifesto, focuses on bringing modern works of art into the spotlight and breaks these amazing contemporary pieces out of the confounds of our societal definitions of art.
Wandering through the exhibit, the range in styles were breathtaking. As a self-declared scientist, I never found myself particularly taken by art exhibits, but here they have displayed something I have never experienced before. When I entered there were sculptures three times as tall as me; each with immaculate attention to detail. This exhibit held nothing back and it was clear that the curators had put an incredible amount of thought into their selections.
Our campus is an hour drive to downtown Vancouver, which is full of cultural opportunities like shows at the VAG. Juxtapoz X Superflat will be showing until February 5th, 2017 and many other shows will be opening in December, so be sure to stay up to date on their website. I would highly recommend making time for it when you plan your campus visits. When applying to Quest it is easy to be taken by the vast, beautiful mountain ranges that surround the community of Squamish and the outdoors-y lifestyle that comes with it. However, there is another side to our community. If you are like me and enjoy spending time in the big city, consider looking into other unique aspects of Vancouver. I personally enjoy the Granville Island Public Market (the island itself is full of quirky culture), Robson St., Stanley Park and much more!
Next block break I hope to explore the sunshine coast! A hidden mainland gem only 45 minutes away from campus via ferry boat.