Sept 9 – Sept 12, 2021
Cipriani South Street at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, New York, NY 10004
Fazakas Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the 2021 iteration of the Independent Art Fair, where we will present works by Marcy Friesen (Swampy Cree), Audie Murray (Métis), Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw), and Corey Bulpitt (Haida). The works redefine representations of Indigenous art by drawing upon the artists’ use of the ready-made, mass-produced objects, and urban references with their knowledge of traditional techniques.
While their approach in cross-pollinating different material and cultural spheres is similar, the artists’ practices are unique in their intention. Marcy Friesen and Audie Murray both employ time-honoured techniques in Métis beading traditions alongside material choices informed by contemporary socioeconomic observations – resulting in the elevation of mass-produced objects to the status of fine art. Rande Cook precariously balances blown glass on blocks of wood, a major departure from his Kwakwaka’wakw carving and performance practice. The installation creates tension through his combining of organic and inorganic forms, relocating what is outside to interior spaces, and doing so with the interest of environmental advocacy. Lastly, Corey Bulpitt’s practice is grounded in teachings under the traditional guidance of master carvers of the Pacific Northwest. Bulpitt playfully fuses traditional Haida design style with urban and political iconography.
Thursday September 9, 11am – 8pm
Public Fair Days
Friday September 10, 12 – 7pm
Saturday September 11, 12 – 7pm
Sunday September 12, 12 – 6pm
September 9 – 26, 2021
688 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
For the duration of the fair, we will have a simultaneous exhibition on view at our Vancouver location featuring works that are thematically aligned with our presentation at the Independent.
Corey Bulpitt (b. 1978), also known as Taakeit Aaya or “Gifted Carver” by the Haida of the Naikun Raven clan, was born in Prince Rupert, BC. He is the great-great grandson of famed artist Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) and prolific argillite carver Louis Collison (1881-1970). Bulpitt is an avid painter, jeweller, and wood and argillite carver who has enjoyed exploring many different mediums such as spray paint, which he used to create large-scale paintings involving urban youth in Vancouver. As a member of the newly emerged Beat Nation Live arts collective, Corey’s contemporary graffiti art pieces can be seen in many museums, festivals, and urban landscapes. In 2017, he received the BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art for Artistic Excellence in both traditional and contemporary visual art.
Rande Cook (b. 1977) is a Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist born in culture-rich Alert Bay. Surrounded by the beauty of the land and art, he found his passion for artistic creativity at an early age as he studied traditional jewellery and carving techniques under several master craftsmen including carver John Livingston (1951-2019). In 1991, Cook moved to Victoria where he was exposed to a wide range of art forms and practices from the Western tradition. With his unique accumulation of heritage, knowledge, and experience, Cook continually pushes boundaries to create beautiful and provocative works that challenge audiences to reconsider the role of traditional techniques for contemporary art-making. In 2015 and 2016, Cook held the Audain Professorship of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest with the Visual Arts department at the University of Victoria.
Marcy Friesen is of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry and currently resides on a mixed farm with her family near Carrot River, SK. She comes from a long line of traditional master beaders and talented creative family members. Marcy has always felt the need to create and started her career with her Trapline Creations business where she makes utilitarian pieces such as mitts and mukluks. After visiting the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, she changed her focus to creating “useless” pieces of art. Marcy now uses beads, leather, and furs in new and exciting ways to open discussions on mental health issues. Her piece Muskrat Tears was included in Montreal’s Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) from April to June 2020, and two of her beaded COVID-19 masks were recently featured in the “Breathe” exhibition at the Whyte Museum in Banff, AB.
Audie Murray (b. 1993) is a multi-disciplinary Métis artist from Saskatchewan currently based in Vancouver, BC. Working with themes of contemporary Indigenous culture and ideas of duality and connectivity, Murray draws on time honoured techniques and contemporary concepts to inform her material choices. She often uses found objects from daily life, and then modifies them with special materials and techniques as a way to reclaim or work-through the cultural content of the object. Murray completed a Diploma in Visual Arts at Camosun College in 2016, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in 2017.
The gallery observes COVID-19 protocols. Masks and social distancing are required.