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BENT: determined to do something; a natural talent or inclination; sharply angled; to transform; to create.

ZEN: often using paradoxical statements to transcend rational thought; experiential wisdom; to simplify; to curate.

Chris BENTZEN is the former owner/operator/curator of the now closed Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2012–2017), as well as a freelance communication designer, event producer, and artist with an interest in filmmaking, photography, bicycle advocacy, devil’s advocacy, craft brewing, and creative problem solving. He also sits on the board of the Eastside Culture Crawl. He lives and works in Vancouver BC.


More from BENTZEN:
Hot Art Wet City was an art gallery, comedy and art space, and weekly video blog featuring interviews with creative Vancouverites. The gallery featured accessible and fun art shows often with pop-culture or low-brow themes. hotartwetcity.com

Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of button art and social interaction. The original work of fifty different artists is presented on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in mixed bags of five for $5. If the bag purchased does not have the desired button, trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that button?! That’s when the hot action starts. This show is produced with Jim Hoehnle. Fall 2017 marked the 14th anniversary of the Vancouver show. It’s also been hosted in Seattle, Portland, Reno, Calgary and New York City. hotoneinchaction.com

CARDED is another a one-night only show of art, this one on trading cards. Started in 2009, the work of fifty artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5″x3.5″ cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5. If you purchase a pack that doesn’t have your desired card, get into some fast paced trading action with the people around you. How bad do you want that card!? This show is also produced with Jim Hoehnle. 2017 marks the 9th anniversary of this show. hotartcard.com


Education:
Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication Design (Emily Carr, 2000)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (UBC, 1996)


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