‘Ready Player Two’ Sonny Assu and Brendan Tang & DJ Olive ‘Listening to Fir’
Opening Reception – Two Exhibitions
Date: June 15, 2018
Artist talk/tour: 6:30 – 7pm
‘Ready Player Two’ w/ Sonny Assu and Brendan Tang
& DJ Olive: ‘Listening to Fir’
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History
502 Vernon Street, Nelson
‘Ready Player Two’ Brendan Lee Satish Tang and Sonny Assu combine elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture. In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.
Organized and circulated by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford. Curated by Laura Schneider. This project is made possible through generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
DJ Olive: ‘Listening to Fir’. Artist, improviser, beat writer, and electronic music producer DJ Olive brings his inimitable art sound sensibility and installation experience to the Touchstones gallery B space this Summer. A combination of natural elements and electronic technology: water – wood – movement and sound – both audible and ambient, which the artist describes as “Art as medicine. Sound as therapy. A place to pause, reflect, think, absorb, recharge, and find peace of mind.”