Assu, Sonny

Sonny Assu, #PutABirdOnIt, 2013.

Numéro de lot : 

24
#PutABirdOnIt

Les toiles de Sonny Assu reflètent un regard moderne et éminemment personnel sur la côte ouest et son nord emblématique. Assu infuse à son travail un humour teinté d’ironie, porte ouverte au dialogue sur l’usage du consumérisme, de l’image et de la technologie comme représentations totémiques. Parmi les sujets qui le préoccupent, notons la disparition des langues, l’épuisement des ressources culturelles et les effets de la colonisation sur les peuples autochtones d’Amérique du Nord.

Acrylique sur tambour en peau de wapiti,
  • 2013
46 (diamètre) x 8 cm

Valeur estimée : 

2 000 $

Sonny Assu, born in 1975 in Richmond, British Columbia, is Ligwilda’xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation. Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and paintings, Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary political and ideological issues. He often focuses on Indigenous issues and rights, as well as the ways in which the past has come to inform contemporary ideas and identities.

Assu has a clear interest in materiality. He carefully considers the materials used for each work, particularly in relation to Indigenous culture: hand-painted deer or elk hide drums for their performance significance; posters for their mass-distribution qualities; and copper for its cultural importance to the Indigenous People of the Northwest Coast. Assu’s projects emphasize the intersections and boundaries of traditional Indigenous art within the larger realm of contemporary art.