Reclaimed Spaces (diptych), 2020

Original size is 4032 × 3024 pixels

Corey Bulpitt (Haida)

Birch panel, latex, spray paint

7 x 4′

$18,000

Corey’s large-scale diptych features an exemplary use of colour and spray painting, the inspiration of which resides in graffiti art. In a curatorial statement for Beat Nation: Art, Hip-Hop and Aboriginal Culture, Secwepemc curator, Tania Willard, notes that: “Branding the cityscape with spray-bombed Indigenous culture resonates with the idea of territory and reclaiming space in a city whose Indigenous roots are often hidden or disguised in a province of unceded Indigenous territories.” With Reclaimed Spaces, Corey’s political mural reads: “No Justice on Stolen Land” and “No More Stolen Sisters,” as the outdoor medium is placed to be considered within the gallery.
Corey has actively been using graffiti or street art to reassert Indigenous culture for many years. His projects include the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival where he created East Van Pigeons in Vancouver’s Downtown eastside along Hastings Street. He also created Salmon Cycle – The Spirit Within (2013), with fellow artist Larissa Healey outside of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. In 2008, he made the iconic work under Granville Street Bridge, titled The Storm.