The Seriousness of PlayNicola Levell (Author), Jonathan King (Foreword), Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Artist)
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April 20th, 2016, Vancouver, BC - The Seriousness of Play: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas opens to the public at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. This solo exhibition explores the vital and original artistic practice of award-winning visual artist and author, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. “Bill Reid once questioned the distinction between being an artist and a Haida artist. His observation significantly influenced my approach, and led me to be very cautious about the role of ethnicity in art,” says Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. “My practice seeks out the edges where the familiar becomes strange, and the strange becomes familiar. Here the spaces are not any single identity but a blend of multiple ethnicities.” Influenced by Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Yahgulanaas created Haida Manga, his contemporary art form that offers a playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action. He works in multiple forms: paintings, sculptures, large-scale public art, ceramics and illustrated publications. “This exhibition encourages us to embrace the power of human play,” says Beth Carter, Bill Reid Gallery Curator. “It is the most substantial exhibition of Michael’s work in Vancouver in recent years. Many of the works have not previously been seen in this city.”
Yahgulanaas has exhibited internationally and his books and graphic novels, including: RED, Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans and Hachidori, have been published in the United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Abu Dhabi, Serbia and Spain.
Dimensions: 9" x 1 1/2" x 11"