“I can’t think of any other art function that is as social, fun, and unpretentious. I’m already excited for next year.” – Kate Zisman

For 15 years (2004–2018), Hot One Inch Action was the original, one-night only show of button art and social interaction from Vancouver, BC, with the tiny art of fifty different artists each year reproduced on one inch buttons. These limited edition 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. Didn’t get the button you want? Trade with the people around you… how bad do you want that button?! That’s when the hot action starts. Conceived and hosted by Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen.

In addition to our annual Vancouver show, we’ve also hosted the show in Seattle, Portland, Calgary, Reno, and NYC. Hot One Inch Action has received artist submissions from Canada, USA, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Hong Kong and Turkey.

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Check out our other show: CARDED! — think Hot One Inch Action but with trading cards. Ending in the spring of 2018, this show ran annually for 10 years.

past shows

Saturday October 20, 2018 in Vancouver, BC at Arts Factory
Saturday October 21, 2017 in Vancouver, BC at Arts Factory
Saturday October 1, 2016 in Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City
Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Reno, NV at Potentialist Workshop
Saturday September 26, 2015 in Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City
Thursday July 23, 2015 in Reno Nevada at Reno Art Works
Saturday September 27, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City
Friday June 13, 2014 in Reno, Nevada at Reno Art Works
Saturday November 9, 2013 in Vancouver at Hot Art Wet City
Saturday December 15, 2012 “Holiday Leftovers” (featuring left-over mixed packs from past shows) at Hot Art Wet City
Wednesday November 7, 2012 in New York, NY at Rayogram
Saturday November 3, 2012 in Seattle, WA at The Piranha Shop
Friday November 2, 2012 in Portland, OR at Hand Eye Supply
Saturday October 27, 2012 in Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City
Saturday May 26, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta at SIT Interiors
Thursday December 1, 2011 in Portland at Hand Eye Supply
Saturday November 26, 2011 in Vancouver at Gallery Gachet with DJ Darwin Meyers.
Saturday November 5, 2011 in Seattle at The Piranha Shop.
Thursday June 23, 2011 in Portland (rescheduled from November 11, 2010) at Hand Eye Supply.
Saturday October 23, 2010 in Vancouver at Gallery Gachet with DJ Estro-Testro.
Saturday October 9, 2010 in Seattle at Ouch My Eye with DJ Buck Faustin.
Saturday February,6 2010 MEDALISTS (50 buttons not chosen from 2004-2009) at W2 Culture + Media House.
Saturday November 7, 2009 at W2 Community Media Arts Society Perel Gallery with DJ Bad.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Creativemix for some button making action.
May 25-June 1, 2008 was the 5 years retrospective at Gallery Gachet.
Saturday May 24, 2008 at Gallery Gachet with DJs Solid Robot Brains and The Soft Infiltrator. We also raffled off 250 buttons (all 5 years worth of buttons) presented beautifully on a jean jacket won by Robert Dall. Plus, Much Music’s Going Coastal was there!
Saturday April 28, 2007 at Gallery Gachet with DJ Bad and others.
April 25-27, 2007 a 3-year (2004-2006) retrospective at Gallery Gachet.
Saturday May 27, 2006 at Gallery Gachet with Vancouver band Trike and DJ Robin Bank$.
May 13-17, 2005 a 2-year (2004/2005) retrospective look at Hot One Inch Action at The Whip Gallery Restaurant.
Saturday May 7, 2005 at the Butchershop Floor Gallery (now Little Mountain Studios) with musical guests Girl Nobody.
Saturday May 7, 2004 at the Union Gallery in Strathcona with Vancouver band The Doers.

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