Sacred Blade is a metal band whose style has been described as Astral Alloy by Vancouver rock critic Tom Harrison. Formed in 1979, their debut album, of the sun + moon, was released 7 years later on Black Dragon Records (France). Ken Lum photographed the band for his work We Are Sacred Blade in 1990, and concurrently joined the Department of Fine Arts at UBC. Sacred Blade re-mastered their debut album in 1999 as a numbered limited edition that entered the Top 300 Hard Heavy Albums of All Time in Germany’s Rock Hard Magazine. Tim Lee graduated from the UBC Masters in Fine Arts Program in 2000 under the direct supervision of Ken Lum. Sacred Blade’s Jeff Ulmer and Ted Zawadzki continue to work together under the new moniker Othyrworld. Ken Lum’s We Are Sacred Blade is on display at the Power Plant in Toronto, until March 6, 2005. Othyrworld’s debut album, Beyond into the Night of Day will be released on March 13, 2005. We Are Othyrworld opens at the Western Front March 17, 2005.
This work is the latest segment of Hadley and Maxwell’s Décor Project, in which the artists redecorate the homes of curators, collectors and other cultural practitioners, and document the installations photographically with the assistance of Sven Boecker. This work was created for a forthcoming publication on the Décor Project published by the Homework Curatorial Collective with Projectile Publications, Ace Art, Artspace, and the Western Front. The publication will be designed by Vancouver artist Tim Lee, who therefore is the subject of this project.
Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens began collaborating in 1997. They graduated together from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada the following year, and in 2004 co-wrote a thesis on collaboration to receive their Masters of Art in Communications from the European Graduate School, Switzerland. They have designed sets for film, opera and dance productions, published both text and image, and exhibited across Canada, in the United States and in Australia. Recent exhibitions include i love you i love you i love you i love you at 69 Pender in Vancouver, and The Décor Project at Howard House in Seattle.