Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works that reflect the realities of Aboriginal peoples today.
Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of grunt gallery, Vancouver, Beat Nation features painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams, Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly, Corey Bulpitt & Aime Milot, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon, Dana Claxton, Dustinn Craig, Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman, Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore and Rolande Souliere. During its Montréal run, the Musée d’art contemporain will schedule performances and other special activities organized in collaboration with Aboriginal artists.
"…Nicholas Galanin, who is also in the Beat Nation exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain, shows a hanging mass of 60 porcelain arrows with the kind of blue design typical of European porcelain. Galanin’s Imaginary Indian Series is a panel wallpapered with a Victorian design of ladies and gentlemen at ease in a country landscape. Five masks of aboriginal faces hang on the wall, camouflaged with the same design as on the wallpaper, but only one, with hair and an expressive eyes and mouth, is readily apparent. The others must be discovered.”
Ceramic is honored at Ripe Art with works created by artists such as Laurent Craste, Marie Côté, Olivier Girouard, Pierre Durette, Nicholas Galanin, Sarah Garzoni, Martin Klimas, François Morelli, Clint Neufeld, Greg exposure Payce Amélie Proulx, Stephen Schofield, Brendan Tang, Ramsden or Colleen Wolstenholme. A hair-raising event on ace contemporary clay.
"…While Nicholas Galanin’s bearskin rug/U.S. flag hybrid, “The American Dream is Alive and Well,” is likely to garner the most attention, he’s no one-trick artist. “I Think It Goes Like This?” offers pieces of totem poles, partly painted black and arranged in a way that speaks to the impossibility of re-creating the past."