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Sporting Sympathy Injuries With Fish
Featuring Fish Griwkowsky
Photographer, Filmmaker, Edmonton Journal Art Critic
April 19, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Fish is an award-winning journalist, writer, illustrator and filmmaker based in Edmonton. He’s shot and directed numerous videos for bands including Twin Fangs, The Wet Secrets and two for Corb Lund – including the lead-off video Gettin’ Down on the Mountain for the country singer’s number-one-in-Canada album, Cabin Fever. He also photographed the album’s imagery. Working with director Trevor Anderson, Fish filmed short doc The High Level Bridge on a $100 Sony webcam – this went on to Sundance Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, the Brooklyn Rooftop Film Fest, SXSW, Dawson International Short Film Festival and won an honorable mention at AFI Fest in Hollywood. Werner Herzog called it, “Very accomplished filmmaking,” while Matt Groening said of it, “It’s great!”

Fish also sang, danced, shot C-cam and did set photography on Anderson’s short musical The Man That Got Away, which won DAAD award and residency at Berlinale. The film was in competition at Vladisvostok IFF where Griwkowsky represented it.

In response to the current federal government’s shelving of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Fish conceived the National Portrait Gallery Project, a show reaching across the country, featuring the likes of Penny Buckner, Terrance Houle and Douglas Coupland. Griwkowsky is part of Edmonton art collective We Are the Golden West, which has created street exhibitions, officially shown as a group, and dressed as vikings at “art’s birthday” in a swimming pool, floating on a boat of taped-together balloons inflated with their own lungs. Their three-day Golden West Music Fest is Aug. 2-4 2013, near Ardmore, AB.

Winner of this year’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award for arts promotion and one of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40, his photos have appeared in publications around the world, initially thanks to portraits of musicians Lund and Richard Buckner. A DJ, paid cartoonist under the name Bill Benson and wedding photographer, Fish is the art critic for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Edmonton Journal. When none of that is happening, he happily builds grain bins on the Alberta prairies. He’s been doing street art for 20 years and was, with an Edmonton graf kid named Fish, voted the second-best street artist in Vue magazine’s 2012 annual poll. He joined Montreal’s En Masse during their commission in downtown Edmonton within the sights of city hall and the Art Gallery of Alberta, where in 2011 he was the first guest artistic director of their seasonal Refinery parties and blew up giant stereoscopic images of his friends naked.

Griwkowsky was writer/illustrator in residence at Latitude 53, a reporter for the Edmonton Sun for 14 years and for SEE Magazine almost as long, and now draws at Vue Weekly. He’s also written and shot for the Toronto Star, Exclaim!, Rue Morgue and Penguin Eggs and was a regular panellist on Alberta Prime Time’s culture segment.

Though he’s swell behind the wheel, he rarely drives, regardless of a car’s colour.

Fish is bionic. His calcaneus shattered during a binbuilding accident and he now has nine one-inch screws in his bones.
The cattle skulls at the Empress Ale House used to be Fish’s, but were donated to spice up the place. He also won a contest to name Exclaim! Magazine’s punk section: No Future. He also named Jeff Stuart and the Hearts.
He’s is editing Delving, a dungeon-adventure comic drawn by local wizard Smokey, written by the late, great Darren Zenko.
His mom used to call him “Beence,” a silly word which makes him cringe to this day.
He used to own the largest collection of Star Wars toys in Edmonton, which is now in storage in Calgary.
Inspiration for the Bill Benson comic running weekly in Vue comes about half the time from dreams.
He is married to Dara Humniski, a visual artist whose work was up in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Manning Hall for six months, and who sings in the garage-soul band Lad Mags.
If you look closely you’ll see that Miguelito’s Little Green Car is missing a tire. The tire fell off during a previous photo shoot but it has since been repaired. Presumably, Fish’s finger has recovered as well.

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