Oct 142015
 

Connie Watts, Tectonic Shift
YVR Drum Auction and Event
Photo: Bill McLellan

The Vancouver Airport Art Foundation annually offers a number of scholarship and grant programs to support aboriginal artists in British Columbia, and now the Yukon.

To help support the programs, the YVRAF is holding a fundraising event focussed on an auction of drums which have been painted by notable First Nations artists. Among these are Luke Parnell, Latham Mack, Reggie Davidson, Sonny Assu, Dempsey Bob and others.

The finely-crafted drums were crafted for the artists by Brenda Crabtree, artist and Aboriginal Program Manager at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and artist Lawrence Lowe.

After October 15, bids for the drums can be made online. The bidding reaches a climax at a social event on November 3, 2015.

For more information, and images of the drums, see

http://www.yvraf.com/events

Sep 052015
 
Building with image projected on it

Sonny Assu, Vancouver Art Gallery façade Projection, 2015 Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Façade 2015 is a series of “architectural interventions” projected on the south façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sonny Assu, Ed Spence and WALLPAPERS will each in turn have a night in early September 2015, from 9 pm to 3 am. Sonny Assu’s work will appear on Saturday, September 5. An encore presentation is also planned for Monday September 7, 2015.

Asked if there was a theme to the composition, Assu replied: “The work is derived from my Chilkat and Longhouse series, where I’m merging the aesthetics of Northwest Coast iconography with a pop art sensibility.

The Facade projection was inspired by my “Tag” public art work and it embraces a new technology as a mode of visual communication. By continuing my exploration of Northwest coast formline as a form of abstraction, the digital mapping technology allows me to embrace light, colour and shapes as a way to impose a conversation on the colonial structure.”

The June issue of the National Gallery of Canada Magazine has an interview with Sonny Assu, describing his latest projects and some thoughts on his art.

http://www.ngcmagazine.ca/artists/an-interview-with-sonny-assu

May 072013
 

Sonny Assu, #selfie series Photo: Art Mur, Montreal

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu, resident now in Montreal, has had work recently in an art exhibition in that city. At the Art Mur Gallery in March and April 2013, Sonny Assu showed #NEVERIDLE , with a series of drums painted in self portraits

http://artmur.com/en/artists-2/sonny-assu-neveridle/

In Los Angeles, at the Patrick Painter Gallery, in its show of new artists, Assu is exhibiting more in his series Longing, cedar offcuts.

http://patrickpainter.com/GroupShows/042713_groupshow/index.html

Assu is in the National Gallery of Canada’s show Sakahan: International Indigenous Art, from May 17 to September 2 2013.

http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/exhibitions/upcoming/details/sakahan-international-indigenous-art-4463

 

Mar 042012
 
Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011  Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011 Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Beat Nation: art, hip hop and aboriginal culture continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery until June 3 2012. The exhibition has work from more than 20 North American aboriginal artists, work created in contemporary idiom informed in some way by a First Nations background. Included are Shawn Hunt, Dana Claxton, Sonny Assu, Nicholas Galanin and Skeena Reece.

On April 3 2012 a panel Unlikely Architectures: Contested Territories “explores the city as a space of overlapping histories and territories.” See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

The exhibition opened with an explosive Kickoff on February 24 2012, much enhanced by high energy creative performances.

A search on You Tube will bring up some video clips of brilliant dance and music routines.

See CBC’s site http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/03/01/beat-nation-gallery.html?cmp=rss

Feb 092012
 
Enter by March 18, 2012

Enter by March 18, 2012

Attention ambitious young artists! The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is holding its second So You Want To Be An Artist? Contest open to Canadian residents between the ages of 16 and 19. Deadline is March 18 2012. This year’s jury members are Sonny Assu, Jonathan Cruz, Claude Deschenes, Kim Morgan and Peter Simpson. More information is available in the entertaining video clip at http://makeart.gallery.ca/

Dec 072011
 
The Honourable Steven L. Point OBC, Xwe li qwel tel  Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, greets  Haida artist Primrose Adams and congratulates her on receiving the 2011 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art  Photo: Ann Cameron

The Honourable Steven L. Point OBC, Xwe li qwel tel Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, greets Haida artist Primrose Adams and congratulates her on receiving the 2011 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art. Photo: Ann Cameron

2011 Creative Achievement awards recipients are: Sonny Assu, Stan Bevan, Vera Edmonds, and Shawn Hunt. Photographs of the Awards ceremony can be viewed at http://www.bcachievement.com/firstnationsart/event.php?year=2011

This website also provides more information about the award, eligibility and the nomination process for it.

Nov 012011
 
Stan Bevan

Stan Bevan

 The BC Achievement Foundation has announced five artists as recipients of the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, the fifth year of the awards. They are:

Sonny Assu, Kwakwaka’wakw, lives in Vancouver BC; his exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum runs until November 5 2011. See his website at http://sonnyassu.com/

Stan Bevan, Tsimshian/Tahltan/Tlingit, is from Terrace BC, and is an instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. As a teacher and as an artist, his influence on his peers and the next generation is great. Bevan has worked on the Kitselas Canyon site near Terrace extensively, leading teams of young carvers and designing poles there. His own portfolio is at http://stanbevan.blogspot.com/

Vera Edmonds, Lil’wat, from Mount Currie BC, is a master cedar root weaver. The Lil’wat Cultural Centres in Whistler houses her original works as well as older and valuable pieces she has carefully restored. She is on Facebook.

Shawn Hunt, Heiltsuk, is from Sechelt BC, whose current work was exhibited in October at the Blanket Gallery in Vancouver (see The Beat October 2011). Hunt works in both traditional and more “Pop” modes. See http://www.shawnhunt.net/

Jay Simeon, is a Haida artist who lives in Vancouver BC. From jewellery to masks to wood carvings and ceremonial regalia, he interprets traditional art form in a contemporary setting. Simeon was one of the artists featured in the recent exhibition at the Lattimer Gallery, Silver: Celebrating Twenty-five Years. His online portfolio is at http://www3.telus.net/kitsilan/

Oct 092011
 
Sonny Assu at West Vancouver Museum  until November 5 2011  Photo: Ann Cameron

Sonny Assu at West Vancouver Museum until November 5 2011 Photo: Ann Cameron

For more about Sonny Assu’s exhibition, see The Beat September 2011, and read this review in the Vancouver Sun: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/09/13/sonny-assu-finding-art-in-surprising-places/

The CBC Radio One’s weekend program North by Northwest also features an interview with Assu at: http://www.cbc.ca/nxnw/featured-guests/2011/09/25/sonny-assu—found-art/

Assu’s work is in a show at the Art Gallery of OttawaDecolonize Me until November 20 2011.