Home » VoCA Recommends…Sonny Assu at AGSM, Manitoba and Gertraud Mohwald at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto

VoCA Recommends…Sonny Assu at AGSM, Manitoba and Gertraud Mohwald at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto

1. iPotlach by Vancouver artist Sonny Assu runs August 30 – 13 October at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

Sonny Assu, iPotlatch Ego, 2007. Image: sonnyassu.com

iPotlach brings together consumer items with Aboriginal symbolism in order to explore the definition of personal lineage, for this artist whose cultural roots include pop and Laich-kwil-tach heritage.

His screenprints, drums, paintings and textile work reflect a diversity of influences, from Spiderman to West Coast Regalia blankets.

The work recalls the sculpture of Canadian art-star Brian Jungen, who has wittily transformed Nike Air Jordans into First Nations masks, or plastic lawn chairs into a large-scale whalebone sculpture.

Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #16, 2004. Image: makezine.com

Brian Jungen is presently participating in the Lyon Biennale 2007, on through January 6, 2008. The Biennale, entitled 00s —The History Of A Decade That Has Not yet Been Named, is curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. The concept involves 49 international curators and art critics being asked the following question: “Who, in your opinion, is the artist who best represents this decade?”

Curator Trevor Smith chose Brian Jungen.

2. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed exhibition, coming in October to Toronto.

Sculptures by Gertraud Möhwald at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, from October 12, 2007 to January 20, 2008.

Although little is known of her work in North America, Gertraud Möhwald (1929-2002) is renowned for her contribution to ceramic art, both as an artist and teacher. Her work combines classical European sculptural traditions with her experiences as a young German, having survived the bombing of Dresden and lived in East Germany after its separation from the West.

Gertraud Mohwald, Bildnis R.M. II, 1990. Image: by Klaus E. Goltz, Halle, courtesy of Galerie b15.
Collection of the Möhwald Family, Germany.

There will be an exhibition symposium on October 14, which will feature German experts Gabi Dewald, Editor-in-chief of KeramikMagazin, and Möhwald’s University colleague and friend, Dr. Renate Luckner-Bien.

Moderated by the exhibition’s curator Susan Jefferies, the symposium will address Möhwald’s life and important influences on her work. Tickets are available on the museum’s website HERE.

Gertraud Mohwald, Head with Wire Curl, 2000. Image: by George Meister courtesy of Galerie b15
Collection of Renate and Bernd Wunderle, Germany.

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