Friday, March 19, 2010

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun artist talk at Emily Carr on March 24

I went to the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun exhibit opening last night around 8pm and stuck around the Contemporary Art Gallery for half an hour sipping wine and viewing the art. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun was there (with his signature 2 eagle feathers in his hat) in addition to many people involved in the Vancouver art scene, including my former UBC art history prof John O'Brian. Lots of beautiful people and obvious art students, but for the most part it was a nice low key event. The artwork featured was Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's studies on paper - his preparations for his large scale paintings. I recognized many of them, including The Universe is so Big, White Man Keeps Me On My Reservation.

I also found out that Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is doing a talk at Emily Carr University on Granville Island next Wednesday, March 24th at 4:30pm in room 410B. It's open to the public. He's such a passionate speaker who has no problem talking about the ugly harsh truths of colonialism over BC's aboriginal peoples - one of the many themes he explores in his art. Definitely worth going to if you want some insight on such topics. Once you hear him speak, his already-powerful artwork becomes all that much more. In fact, it was hearing him speak in Charlotte Townsend-Gault's First Nations art history class back in 2005 that I became an immediate fan and could never look at his artwork the same way again.

I couldn't really find any info about this talk online, but it is mentioned on the exhibit poster which you can download as a .pdf here.

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