Ready Player 2

Sonny Assu and Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Organized and circulated by the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
Curated by Laura Schneider

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.

Sonny Assu was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his home ancestral home on unceded Ligwildaʼxw territory (Campbell River, BC.). Along with his extensive exhibition record Assu has been long-listed for the Sobey Art Award three times and his work can be found in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Burke Museum at the University of Washington.  He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. 

Brendan Lee Satish Tang was born in Dublin to Trinidadian parents of Chinese and South Asian descent and lives in Vancouver, BC. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest. Tang has participated in residencies and exhibitions internationally and was a nominee for the 2017 LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. He has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the continent, and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts

Exhibition Dates

Jan 16 – March 7, 2020

Opening Reception

Thursday Jan 16
5 PM – 8 PM

Gallery Hours

Tues – Fri, 12 – 6 PM
Sat, 12 – 4 PM

 
 

Reliant Objects

HALEY BATES, ZIMRA BEINER, MAISIE BROADHEAD, JEFFREY CLANCY, VENETIA DALE, DEL HARROW, DAVE KENNEDY, GWENESSA LAM, JOANNA MANOUSIS, SHELLY MCMAHON, MYRA MIMLITSCH-GRAY, JEREMY NUTTALL, MASAKO ONODERA, JOANNA POWELL, TOM SHIELDS, ADAM SHIRLEY, ADAM SHIVERDECKER, JESS TOLBERT

Reliant Objects is a group exhibition of interdisciplinary craft work challenging notions of form, function, and the future of domestic objects. The works in this exhibition rely upon a viewer’s recognition of their sameness and difference, in the ability to seek meaning in material and formal digressions from everyday familiarity. In their multiplicity, augmentation, or fragmentation, these works act as a mirror, allowing the viewer to recognize themselves in disparate and unfamiliar parts and pieces.

image credit: Haley Bates, Scooper, 2016. Sterling silver; fabricated
image courtesy of the artist

Public Programs

Gallery Tour with Reliant Objects Curators Courtney Kemp and Lyndsay Rice
Friday January 17, 2020
12-1pm

Gallery Tour with Ready Player 2 artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Friday January 17, 2020
1-2pm

Guest Speaker: Benjamin Hoy,
Presentation of Hoy’s research into games as tools for teaching and learning about historic events
Wednesday January 29
4pm
Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, AUArts

Board Game Night
Thursday January 30, 2019
5-9pm

Join us for an evening playing board games that attempt to decentralize colonial perspectives, embrace a diversity of characters and teach participants about historical events.

Sínulkhay and Ladders facilitated by AUArts Indigenous peer mentors and Nahanee Creative inc. Supported by Suncor Energy

Games List: to be determined
Register here: please check back

Reliant Objects – Panel Discussion
Tuesday February 25
12-1:30pm
Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre, AUArts
Artists: to be determined
Moderator: Sarah Alford

All programs are free and open to the public