Chris Bentzen

Entrepreneur, graphic designer, artist, artist consultant, and event producer. Projects include Hot Art Wet City Gallery, Hot One Inch Action and CARDED. Currently living in Nanaimo, BC.

Hot Art Wet City

Hot Art Wet City was an art gallery, comedy space, and weekly video blog (featuring interviews with creative Vancouverites). The gallery featured accessible and fun art shows often with pop-culture and pop-surrealist themes. The Vancouver-based art gallery was open from 2012–2017 and was voted the second best art gallery in the city by The Westender. HAWC continues to produce art and comedy shows in Vancouver at other venues around the city including comedy shows “Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me” and “Graham Clark’s Quiz Show,” and art shows “Boobies & Wieners” and “Sticky — A Post-It Note Show” hotartwetcity.com

Hot One Inch Action

Hot One Inch Action was the original, one-night only show of button art and social interaction in Vancouver, BC. For 15 years, the work of fifty different mostly-local artists was reproduced on one inch buttons. The buttons were displayed on the gallery wall and also sold in randomly selected mixed bags of five buttons for $5. Want a specific button but it wasn’t in the bag? Trade with the people around you! That’s when the hot action starts. This show was produced with Jim Hoehnle. We also took the show to Seattle, Portland, Reno, Calgary and New York City. hotoneinchaction.com

CARDED

CARDED was another a one-night only show of art, this one featuring trading cards. For ten years, the work of fifty artists was reproduced on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5″x3.5″ cards were displayed on the gallery wall and also sold as random mixed packs of five cards for $5. Get into some fast paced trading action with the people around you to get your faves. This show was also produced with Jim Hoehnle. hotartcard.com


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