Mnemonic Manifestations

Barry Ace
July 9, 2015 to August 15, 2015

Mnemonics are memory devices that help learners recall larger pieces of information.
Manifestation is an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.

The Latcham Gallery is very pleased to present this solo exhibition by Anishinaabe (Odawa) artist Barry Ace, who this year was the recipient of the 2015 KM Hunter Award for Visual Art. Drawing inspiration from multiple facets of traditional Anishinaabeg culture gathered from historical sources, found objects and cultural research, Ace creates objects and imagery that utilize many traditional forms and motifs. He then disrupts the reading of these works with the introduction of other elements, endeavouring to create a convergence of the historical and the contemporary.  The artist states “My textile works replicate traditional Great Lakes’ floral motifs often sourced from reclaimed and salvaged electronic circuitry (capacitors and resistors), and act as metaphors for cultural continuity (antithesis of stasis), bridging the past with the present and the future.  In doing so, I attempt to break down stereotypes and misconceptions that the Anishinaabeg are still living in the past and trapped in an historical stasis.” A series of mixed media assemblages and a suite of mixed media digital photographs make up the work in this exciting exhibition. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this award winning indigenous artist speak about his work.

All photos by Toni Hafkenscheid

Below is a link to an artist talk and tour by Barry at the opening with an introduction by Robert Houle

Below is a link to a video with the artist from the KM Hunter Awards.