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Current Exhibitions

DJ Olive: Listening to Fir

June 8 – August 5

Gallery B

Curator: Arin Fay

Opening Reception: June 15, 7 to 9 pm

DJ Olive – Gregor Asch – the Audio Janitor – artist, improviser, beat writer, and electronic music producer will bring his world renowned art sound sensibility to Touchstones Gallery B space. A combination of natural aesthetics and technological range: water – wood – movement and sound – both audible and ambient will be a part of DJ Olive’s installation; the first sound performative exhibition to show at Touchstones. Asch describes his approach as “Art as medicine. Sound as therapy. A place to pause. reflect. think. absorb. recharge. find peace of mind.”

DJ Olive has twice been included in NYC’s most prestigious Biennial at the Whitney Museum as well as a massive installation at the Venice biennale and we are excited and privileged to showcase his work here at Touchstones.

Ready Player Two – Sonny Assu and Brendan Lee Satish Tang

June 16 – August 5

Gallery A

Curator: Laura Schneider

Opening Reception: June 15, 7 to 9 pm

Artist Talk: June 15, 6:30 pm

Installation image courtesy of The Reach Gallery, Abbotsford.

Ready Player Two is a collaborative and independent installation by Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu.  Combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.

In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.

This exhibition is touring to Touchstones from the Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, BC, and generously supported by the Canada Council.