Mnemonic (Re) Manifestations – Barry Ace

April 2016 - June 2016

Barry Ace

Wanuskewin Galleries are very pleased to present this solo exhibition by Anishinaabe (Odawa) artist Barry Ace, who is the recipient of the 2015 KM Hunter Award for Visual Art. Drawing inspiration from multiple facets of traditional Anishinaabeg culture gathered from historical sources, found objects and cultural research, Ace creates objects and imagery that utilize many traditional forms and motifs. He then disrupts the reading of these works with the introduction of other elements, endeavouring to create a convergence of the historical and the contemporary. The artist states “My textile works replicate traditional Great Lakes’ floral motifs often sourced from reclaimed and salvaged electronic circuitry (capacitors and resistors), and act as metaphors for cultural continuity.” A series of mixed media assemblages and a suite of mixed media digital photographs make up the work in this exciting exhibition.


Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist living in Ottawa, Ontario. His work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in Canada and internationally including: “m∂ntu’c – little spirits, little powers” Nordamerika Native Museum (2010: Zurich, Switzerland); Changing Hands 3 – Art Without Reservations (2012 -2014: Museum of Art and Design: New York); and the currently touring exhibition Native Fashion Now organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and internationally, including the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (Ottawa); Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford); Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto); Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa); The Canada Council Art Bank, (Ottawa); Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (Gatineau); and the Nordamerika Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland). He a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, (Ontario) and is represented by Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Yorkville (Toronto). barryacearts.com