16 JUNE – 21 JULY 2016
Exhibition Statement available here.
The Campbell River Art Gallery presents the solo exhibition of artist Sonny Assu from 16 June to 21 July 2016. Join us to celebrate the exhibition on Friday June 17 at 7 PM for the Opening Reception. Sonny Assu will present an artist talk prior to the opening at 6 PM.
Home Coming is a survey-style exhibition featuring specific artworks pertaining to Assu’s familial lineage and the Northwest Coast. Assu is Liǥwildaʼx̱w (We Wai Kai) of the Kwakwaka’wakw nations and currently works and lives in British Columbia. The exhibition features sculptures, paintings, and digital interventions to compose a spatial exploration of the artist’s autobiographical artistic practice.
Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking and paintings, Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political and ideological issues. His work often focuses on Indigenous issues and rights, and the ways in which the past has come to inform contemporary ideas and identities. Assu infuses his work with wry humour to open the dialogue towards the use of consumerism, branding and technology as totemic representation. Within this, his work deals with the loss of language and cultural resources, and the effects of colonization upon the Indigenous people of North America.
Selected artworks in this exhibition are on loan from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Equinox Gallery and the Collection of the artist.
In addition to the exhibition, Sonny Assu will be leading a youth art-making workshop on Sunday June 19. The workshop will give local youth the chance to learn from and work with the artist. The British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement Grant makes this wonderful opportunity possible.
The Campbell River Art Gallery is open to the public from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission by donation.
Home Coming runs until 21 July 2016.