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    Barry Ace

    Barry Ace

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    Thunderbird and Shaman (2020), Epson Archival Canvas, beads, wood, metal, thread, hide, approx. 12 x 13".

    From the artist's Memory Landscape diptych series.  The Thunderbird is beaded above a pictograph of a Shaman figure from Lake Matagamasi located in the Sudbury District.  Ace took the photograph in the 1980s while on a canoe trip through the lake.

    The work is printed on archival Epson Canvas with a simulated birch bark background added via Photoshop from a scan of real birchbark. The work references Anishinaabe birchbark scrolls that are etched iconography stitched together with spruce root.

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    Barry Ace's first Doublebling neckpiece
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    Barry Ace

    Barry Ace

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    Double-Sided Digital Bling (2020). This double-sided neckpiece is a first for the artist.  

    One side of the medallion has a Great Lakes' style floral motif composed of hand-stitched glass beads or manidoominens which in Anishinaabemowin translates to "little energy or spirt berries". The flip side incorporates electronic components that are assembled on a circular circuit board into a floral motif. Like the glass beads, electronic components control, store and release energy, so there is a powerful simile between these two disparate entities. The wearer can choose to wear the traditional floral beaded medallion, or reverse it to wear the electronic component contemporary floral motif - a confluence between the historical and contemporary.

    Rope, glass beads, antique white-heart beads, deer hide, beading thread, circuit-board, capacitors, resistors, light-emitting diodes, tin jingle cones, copper wire, horse hair, synthetic hair, rhinestones, 56 x 15 cm. 

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    Digital Memory (2019)  Image digitally printed directly onto archival watercolour paper. All components are hand stitched and collaged.
    Digital Memory (2019)  Image digitally printed directly onto archival watercolour paper. All components are hand stitched and collaged.

    Barry Ace

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    Digital Memory (2019)

    Image digitally printed onto archival watercolour paper. All components are hand stitched and collaged.

    The work includes a portrait of Chief Red Fox (Lakota: Tokalu Luta) who was a well known Oglala Lakota Sioux historical figure.  An actor, Indigenous rights advocate, performer and translator in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, he appeared in numerous silent western films in the 1920s.  Witness to the impact of technology documenting cultural change, today his image in film and photographic portraits are preserved in the archives of digital memory.

    5 x 7 x 0.5" approx

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    Barry Ace

    Barry Ace

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    Poignant (2018) found antique wooden and iron flax Hetchel comb, bronze screen, electronic components (capacitors, resistors, light emitting diodes), glass beads, bronze screen, circuit board, coated wired  

    49 (L) x 15 (H) x 11 (W) 

    This work addresses the impact of Residential Schools on First Nations in Canada, including Ace's family. A single wire moccasin is held empty denoting the stripping of culture and language, and the floral work on one side of the moccasin denotes some knowledge survived. The wire fringe represents the hide trail dusters that were affixed to moccasins to erase the wear's tracks. The single moccasin is positioned on top of a needle sharp Hetchel instrument designed for shredding.

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    Shaman's Medicine Lodge Triptych (2019), image transfer and beadwork on archival paper.
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    Barry Ace
    Barry Ace

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    Shaman's Medicine Lodge Triptych (2019), image transfer and beadwork and paint on archival paper.  

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    Untitled, unknown portrait from the Smithsonian Museum.  As our digital age exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating, we are harnessing and bridging the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations. Barry Ace

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     Untitled, unknown portrait from the Smithsonian Museum.

    As our digital age exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating, we are harnessing and bridging the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations. Barry Ace

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    Buffalo, mixed media small scale collage-based artwork with computer part beading 2019.   As our digital age exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating, we are harnessing and bridging the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations. Barry Ace

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    Buffalo, mixed media small scale collage-based artwork with computer part beading 2019. 

    As our digital age exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating, we are harnessing and bridging the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations. Barry Ace

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    Digital Bling (2020)

     Created with e;electronic components (capacitors, resistors, light emitting diodies) rope, glass beads, deer hide, velvet, cotton thread, horse hair, synthetic hair, coroplast, 1961 Canadian silver dollar

     

    22.5 x 7.5" approx

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    Digital Bling (2020) 52 x 17 cm. Rope, glass beads, velvet deer hide, beading thread, capacitors, resistors, light-emitting diodes, horse hair, synthetic hair.

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    Digital Bling (2020) 52 x 17 cm. Rope, glass beads, velvet deer hide, beading thread, capacitors, resistors, light-emitting diodes, horse hair, synthetic hair.

    The Digital Bling is a confluence of the historical and contemporary.  Glass beads or manidoominens which in Anishinaabemowin translates to "little energy or spirt berries" are combined with electronic components (capacitors, resistors, light emitting diodes) to form Great Lakes' floral motifs. Like the glass beads, electronic components control, store and release energy, so there is powerful simile between these two disparate entities. 

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    Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island), Ontario, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.

    Barry Ace's textile practice draws its inspiration from historical Anishinaabeg arts of the Great Lakes that incorporate floral and geometric beadwork motifs. Ace up-cycles reclaimed and salvaged electronic components and circuitry (capacitors and resistors) transforming the refuse of the technological age into complex floral motifs. In doing so, Ace references Anishinaabeg beadwork as a metaphor for cultural continuity, bridging the past with the present and the future, and as a demonstrable act of nationhood, resistance and modernity. His contemporary practice intentionally, yet respectfully, transcends and moves forward conventional Anishinaabeg cultural boundaries as a confluence between the historical and contemporary.