Studio Sixty Six Contemporary x Bruce House

Studio Sixty Six Contemporary offers raffle for two artworks by award-winning artist Barry Ace with proceeds going to Bruce House.

Ottawa’s premier commercial art gallery, Studio Sixty Six Contemporary, is thrilled to announce a raffle of two artworks by artist Barry Ace with all proceeds going to Bruce House, one of most important not-for-profits that bring hope, housing, and support to individuals and families impacted by HIV in Ottawa and area.

The raffle will commence Thursday, May 23rd at 6 pm at the opening reception for (Re)mix, an art exhibition at Studio Sixty Six, in partnership with Heffel, Canada’s leading fine art auction house and gallery. Winners will be announced at Studio Sixty Six Contemporary on June 28 at 6 pm.

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Barry Ace, is one of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous contemporary artists living today. This exhibition features a curated selection of artwork from Heffel, the Super Phat Nish series from Ace’s private collection, and a first-to-market limited edition screenprint available exclusively through Studio Sixty Six Contemporary.

The exhibition, (Re)mix, runs from May 19, 2024, until June 29, 2024, at Studio Sixty Contemporary, located at 858 Bank Street, Suite 101, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3W3 in the Glebe.

The work that Bruce House is doing for Ottawans is incredible and of extraordinary value. I am honoured that Studio Sixty Six can function as a platform so the arts community and Barry Ace can celebrate the positive impact Bruce House delivers daily.  –       Brendan A. de Montigny, Owner and Director of Studio Sixty Six Contemporary.

About the Artwork

 

About the Artist

Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa. He is a debendaagzijig (citizen) of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island), Ontario, Canada. Ace’s work embraces the impact of the digital age and how it exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating. His work attempts to harness and bridge the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art, and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations.

Barry Ace has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has been placed in important public and private collections in Canada and abroad, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario); Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Québec); Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario); North American Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland); Global Affairs Canada (Ottawa, Ontario); TD Bank Art Collection (Toronto, Ontario); Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (Gatineau, Québec); Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa, Ontario); and McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario).

The otter, Ace’s doodem (clan) was an important messenger for the Anishinaabeg. Similarly, miigis, little sea shells called cowry, a cousin of esiins (freshwater clam, which was historically spelled as Assance and Ace, Barry’s surname), play an important role in mnemonically recalling Anishinaabe history and cultural teachings, thus by virtue of his doodem (clan) and his surname, Barry is perhaps predisposed to encode these teachings in new media for this generation.  -Dr. Alan Corbiere (M’Chigeeng First Nation)[1].

Ace is featured in the touring exhibition from the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Radical Stitch, curated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Michelle LaVallee, and Cathy Mattes. Radical Stitch opens at the National Gallery of Canada on Friday, May 17, 2024.

About Bruce House

Since opening its doors in 1988 Bruce House has been delivering a ‘housing-first’ approach for people living with HIV in our community, with a commitment to ensuring our clients have access to stable housing, supported independence, and opportunities for healthy living.

There is no cure for HIV, but treatment ensures people living with HIV have long and healthy lives.  However, staying on treatment can be difficult or impossible for individuals experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, mental and physical health issues, poverty, or other challenges.  Bruce House programs and services assist people in surmounting those challenges so that they can maintain their health.

The organization supports a diverse population including members of the LGBTQ, ACB (African, Caribbean, and Black), and Indigenous communities as well as newcomers to Canada. Through its many programs, Bruce House aims to provide access to equality, housing stability, sustained independence, and healthy living opportunities.

Bruce House is a registered charity and depends on donations and one-time grants for many of the services it delivers.

About Studio Sixty Six Contemporary

Established in 2013, Studio Sixty Six Contemporary represents a carefully selected roster of acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian artists. Many of the artists at Studio Sixty Six have been placed into the top corporate, private, and public collections in Canada.

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[1] Dr. Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (Ruffed Grouse clan), is an Anishinaabe from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.  He was educated on the reserve and then attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, he then entered York University and earned his Master’s of Environmental Studies.  https://haa.fas.harvard.edu/people/alan-corbiere