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Breakfast Series

2006

Sonny Assu (Gwa'gwa'da'ka)

Kwakwaka'wakw, Laich-kwil-tach, Wei Wai Kai, born 1975

Sonny Assu’s Breakfast Series appropriates the form of the familiar cereal box and emblazons its surfaces with commentary on highly-charged issues for First Nations people—such as the environment, treaty rights and land claims. The pop art-inspired graphics on the five boxes in the series contain recognizable imagery but upon closer inspection, we see that Tony the Tiger is composed of formline design elements, the box of Lucky Beads includes a free plot of land in every box, and contains “12 essential lies and deceptions.” The light-hearted presentation, upon further investigation, exposes serious social issues.


Five boxes digitally printed with Fome-cor, 12 x 7 x 3in. (30.5 x 17.8 x 7.6cm) each, of 5, Gift of Rebecca and Alexander Stewart, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006.93, © Sonny Assu

Provenance: Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, 2006; SAM purchase

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Photo: Paul Macapia

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Sonny Assu (Gwa'gwa'da'ka)

Kwakwaka'wakw, Laich-kwil-tach, Wei Wai Kai, born 1975

Sobey Art Award
Longlist announced for the 2013 Sobey Art Award
www.sobeyartaward.ca
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation are pleased to announce the longlist for the 2013 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian Art.

Each year the Sobey Art Award is awarded to an artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. The 2013 Curatorial Panel has announced that the 25 artists vying for the 2013 Sobey are:

West Coast and the Yukon
Sonny Assu
Cedric Bomford
Isabelle Pauwels
Mark Soo
Brendan Tang

Prairies and the North
Amalie Atkins
Mark Clintberg
Brenda Draney
Simon Hughes
Divya Mehra

Ontario
Diane Borsato
Brendan Fernandes
David R. Harper
Kristiina Lahde
Duane Linklater

Quebec
Anthony Burnham
Jacynthe Carrier
Peter Flemming
Pascal Grandmaison
Nadia Myre

Atlantic
Tamara Henderson
Stephen Kelly
Lisa Lipton
Michael Pittman
Hans Wendt


Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Curator, Sobey Art Award says, "The list of artists proposed for this year's Award points to the vibrancy of practice in the country. We celebrate each of the nominated artists' achievements. Just as the artists nominated for this Award are aged 40 years and under, so are the curators who sit on this year's panel. It is hoped that this will continue to feed the next generation of curators in the country and energise the discourse of contemporary art."

The members of the 2013 Curatorial Panel are:

Mireille Eagan, Curator of Canadian Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery
Marie Claude Landry, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée de Joliette
Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Jesse McKee, Curator, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre
Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery

The 2013 shortlist of the Sobey Art Award will be announced in late June. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax opening on September 13, 2013 and the 2013 winner's announcement will take place at a Gala event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 9, 2013.

For more detailed biographical information on the 25 long listed artists and members of the Curatorial Panel please go to www.sobeyartaward.ca.


For further details please contact:
Donna Wellard, Marketing and Communications, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
T 902 424 2903 / C 902 483 2019 / wellardc@gov.ns.ca

About the Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of 70,000 CAD in prize money is awarded annually; 50,000 CAD to the winner and 5,000 CAD to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organised and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. For information visit www.sobeyartaward.ca.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province's art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca.

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