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Sonny Assu + Rande Cook: Ebb and Flow

Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo BC – May 18-Sep 1, 2012

Sonny Assu, The Wise Ones - Elder #3

Sonny Assu, The Wise Ones - Elder #3 (2011), archival pigment print [Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC, May 18-Sep 1]

Rande Cook, Beethoven

Rande Cook, Beethoven (2011), yellow cedar and acrylic paint [Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC, May 18-Sep 1]

Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary Montreal artist who challenges public perceptions of aboriginal art. Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design in 2002, his work frequently combines First Nations iconography with popular culture in a commentary on social and historical value.

Assu’s work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Anthropology among other public and private collections in Canada and the US. In Ebb and Flow, Assu presents images of cedar wood remnants discarded by a log-home development company, mounted on stands to resemble museum objects. In a series of paintings titled Chilkat, he mixes references to social media and the traditional Chilkat blanket.

Contemporary Canadian native artist Rande Cook was born in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island and currently lives in Victoria, BC. His work addresses the importance of sacred traditions, rituals, language and stories. In 2008 he inherited his grandfather’s chieftainship and now carries the name Makwala, or moon.

Strongly influenced as a child by his grandfather, Gus Matilpi, Cook has since worked with mentors such as John Livingston for his mastery in wood sculpting, Robert Davidson in metal work, Calvin Hunt for his craftsmanship in wood, and most recently with Valentin Yotkov for his expertise in repoussé and chasing. Cook’s beautiful, highly-coloured cedar relief sculptures exhibit a high level of technique and style.

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July 7 and August 11, 12.30-1:15 pm: Free docent-led tours.


 Sun, Jun 3, 2012