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

Apr 062013
 

Charles Edenshaw, Argillite Casket Museum of Vancouver

The Vancouver Art Gallery is planning an exhibition of work by the late Charles Edenshaw, the greatest of the Haida masters, in the fall of 2013. This will give visitors an opportunity to see and compare works by the artist from many international museums who have never before lent their Edenshaw pieces.

Even the argillite Lion Casket shown above from the collection of the Museum of Vancouver, is seldom seen by the public. For more, see

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/peek+city+hidden+treasures/4543716/story.html

 

Apr 012012
 
Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/miss604/

Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/miss604/

Gwaii Edenshaw at Petley Jones in Vancouver, until April 21 2012.

Chatwilh – Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, until May 21.

 At the Vancouver Art Gallery, Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture runs until June 3 2012.

On April 3 at 7 pm, the VAG presents Unlikely Architectures: Contested Territories. Community activist and architect Annabel Vaughan, historian Susan Roy and others form a panel to explore the city as a space of overlapping histories and territories.

On Tuesday April 17 at 7 pm, the artists in the Beat Nation exhibition give a visual and auditory tour of their influence and practices.

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
 
Skeena Reece in Beat Nation at Vancouver Art Gallery  Photo: Sebastian Kriete

Skeena Reece in Beat Nation at Vancouver Art Gallery Photo: Sebastian Kriete

On March 18 2011, a group of artists from Vancouver’s grunt gallery performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery during one of their FUSE events. The project was called Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture, and curated by artists Skeena Reece and Tania Willard.

In fact, the artists and their work was so dynamic that the VAG is presenting a new, larger exhibition, Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and related events, beginning with an opening event on Friday February 24 2012 at 8:30 in a FUSE evening, Beat Nation/Lights Out! The show runs until June 3 2012. A work by performance artist Skeena Reece will be part of the evening’s events.

Associate curators Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard will give a tour of the exhibition the next day, February 25, at 2 pm. On Tuesday April 17 at 7 pm artists from Beat Nation will give a visual and auditory tour of the exhibition.

The VAG comments: “As aboriginal identity and culture continue to shift and transform, and older traditions find renewed meaning in new forms of expression, one thing remains constant: a commitment to politics, to storytelling, to Aboriginal languages, to the land and rights, whether it be with drums skins or turntables, natural pigments or spray paint, ceremonial dancing or break dancing.”

See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Nov 012011
 
Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist  Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa  Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

 The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened a strong exhibition of exceptional British Columbian and Mexican artwork from the impressive art collection of developer and philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa. Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection has a richly illustrated 160 page catalogue.

The exhibition closes on January 29 2012.

There are a large number of exceptionally fine works by historical, many anonymous, First Nations artists, beautifully displayed, such as the Gitk’san Portrait Mask above.

A recent Model Pole in yellow cedar by Haida artist Jim Hart shows how creative and powerful art created within traditional boundaries can be. Audain also collects contemporary First Nations work in less traditional modes, such as works by Brian Jungen’s Variant 1 2002, an assemblage of Jordan running shoes. Seldom does one see such a discriminating selection.

The CBC’s website has a Photo Gallery of some of the pieces on view at the VAG exhibition at http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/10/27/photo-gallery-audain.html

Aug 052011
 
Emily Carr, War Canoes, Alert Bay, 1912.  Collection: Michael Audain & Yoshiko Karasawa

Emily Carr, War Canoes, Alert Bay, 1912. Collection: Michael Audain & Yoshiko Karasawa

The Vancouver Art Gallery will have an exhibition October 29 2011 to January 29 2012, Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection, 170 works from the collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa.

The collection of historical west coast indigenous art includes a significant group of contemporary First Nations works, a number of which have been newly commissioned by the Audains.

See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca