dynamo arts association



Dynamo Arts Association is a non-profit studio and project space established in 1996. Located in the Main Street area, Dynamo Studios accommodates artists working across a diverse range of media and presents regular board curated exhibitions


Vessels, Recent works by Paul Halley & Darius Stein
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 @ 8:00pm with performance at 9:00pm

Dynamo Arts Association
Suite 103 - 30 East 6th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4


The word “vessels” offers an array of different meanings and connotations. Some of the most common refer to an object used as a container, a craft designed for water transportation, or the more literary translation which describes a person who embodies a particular quality or use for a particular purpose.

In Vessels, Paul Halley and Darius Stein explore notions of vessel through various media. The inherent connecting thread between their bodies of work begins to unfold with a closer examination of vessels as containment, as protection, as transport, and as labour.

Paul presents a series of carved wooden forms whose surfaces have been worked meticulously over time. He then juxtaposes each of his forms with a distinctly foreign matter such as latex, sand, or metallic nails. The infusion of foreign matter acts like a protective membrane for its wooden counterpart. Some of Paul’s sculptures stand upright freely while others succumb to gravity and reach outwardly on the surface of the floor.

Darius offers a multitude of forms and media chronicling the permutations of a hand-tended, manicured grass lawn in the shape of his 11 x 7 ft. fourth floor balcony. He exhibits multiple objects that recount the stages of the lawn’s care, its journey through False Creek and its inevitable decay: a grass lawn, a raft constructed for the transportation of his lawn (complete with short picket fence), a video performance embedded within the floor of his raft following the safe transport of the lawn from its origin on his balcony to a vacant lot under the Burrard Bridge, and lastly, a few small-scale watercolors situated on the wall documenting the journey of his lawn.

Darius Stein and Paul Halley are both based in Vancouver.



5 days ago

just lines
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 @ 8:30pm-11:00pm

Dynamo Arts Association
Suite 103 - 30 East 6th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4


Drawings by Colin Mclaine
Music by Shed

just lines is a visual art installation, accompanied by live music. Raga-inspired improvisations are interspersed with songs, with synth by Andrew Short, guitar, drums and vocals by Colin Mclaine. The drawings in just lines use simple materials - sharpies and newsprint - to transmit a physical impulse. Via movement, repetition and connection to wave forms, Mclaine creates a room-sized recording of the moment.


6 days ago


DAA is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz // Electric Birthstone
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 @ 7pm (August 7 - 18) 

Dynamo Arts Association
Suite 103 - 30 East 6th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4

Aquarius 21 January – 21 February
The world is your oyster; you must shower three times a week. The day after tomorrow is your lucky day. Always count your change especially from acquaintances.

Pisces 22 February – 21 March
Give and you shall receive; your career is at peak try to take refuge from the wilderness. Persimmon is good for you.

Aries 22 March – 20 April
Sometimes you can never be first. Allow your ego to have a coffee break. Start again tomorrow.

Taurus 21 April – 21 May
Trimming the horns would be ideal. Avoid senseless chatter and gossip. You are on fire and keep the charcoal burning, make sure you flip the patty before it’s too late.

Gemini 22 May – 21 June
Confusion is normal. The path can be tricky to navigate without a shovel. Try new hobbies, your lucky sport is blogging.

Cancer 21 June – 22 July
The qualities of water are like feelings. They dry up at unexpected times. Avoid eating seafood.

Leo 23 July – 22 August
You have short hair, long enough to cut it down. Stage presence is key to success, Life is priceless be wary of strangers.

Virgo 23 August – 22 September
The Earth is not enough for you. Meditation is recommended. Math is your strength.

Libra 23 September – 23 October
Arguments are your biggest task today. Money problems can be loaned from a lot of places. Use caution when partying.

Scorpio 24 October – 21 November
Medicine in the wrong hands can be poison; Poison in the right hands can be medicine. Try switching your choices.

Sagittarius 22 November – 21 December
Stress is the leading figure of public health demise. Refuse to go out during full moons. Fatty foods are delicious.

Capricorn 22 December – 21 January
Your hard work pays during days off. Resume your artistic side to nurture a fruitful business. Eggplant is your best friend.


2 months ago


Summer Screen 2014: A Night of Artists’ Videos
Thursday, July 16th, 2014 @ 8pm

Dynamo Arts Association
Suite 103 - 30 East 6th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4

A presentation of artists videos, by the living and the dead, the near and the far. Featuring….

Brian O’doherty
Kara Hansen
Michael Jones
Matt Calderwood
Jordan Milner
Meesoo Lee
Monique Levesque
Norman McLaren

*more to be announced.

The screenings will be followed by a fine selection of music, in our adjacent lounge.


3 months ago