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.