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Challenging Aboriginal cultural borders, ACME Studios announces the erecting of massive Aboriginal street art – a night of 18 open studios, three gallery receptions, live music and celebration all under one roof.
Vancouver, BC – Tuesday, Sept 6th, 2011
In Conjunction with artist Sonny Assu’s solo exhibition at The West Vancouver Museum on Sept 14th and ACME Studio building’s full open building crawl of Sept 9th– the artist has partnered with the building’s event and curatorial departments in erecting the 16 ft. x 8 ft. Coke – Salish piece on Hastings street.
|sonnyassu.com Regarded as a ‘Vanguard’ for his piece in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit, How Soon Is Now?, Sonny Assu continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art by challenging the perception of Aboriginal art.|
An interdisciplinary artist, Assu merges Aboriginal iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. An exploration of his mixed ancestry, his work appropriates or transforms items of consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own personal life. Interested in ideas around Aboriginal issues, branding and new technologies, he works across many boundaries and disciplines and in doing so, reveals a ravishing oeuvre that speaks to many.
|ACME Studioslabyrinthartistsociety.org/Developed and founded in 2009 by David Dupery (The Rickshaw Theater, No Fun City, Narrow Lounge, Rumpus Room ) ACME studios houses over 40 artists and three galleries. Registered (by LGS) as a Non-Profit Society in 2011 The building exists as Vancouver’s largest organized studio block in Vancouver- featuring major interior and exterior curatorial projects over the next two years.|
Curated by: Neal E. Nolan
Curatorial statement by: Neal E. Nolan.