Image: After the Blast by Levi Nelson
For Immediate Release
October 23, 2019
ARTS WHISTLER PRESENTS LÍL̓WAT ARTIST LEVI NELSON’S
FIRST SOLO SHOW
AFTER THE BLAST: THE ART OF LEVI NELSON
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7-10pm
Exhibit: November 7 – December 29 , 2019
WHISTLER, BC – Arts Whistler is honored to present AFTER THE BLAST: The Art of Levi Nelson, on Nelson’s traditional territory of the Líl̓wat First Nation, at the Maury Young Arts Centre in Whistler. Having a place in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures growing up, Levi Nelson shares his compelling perspective on the impacts of colonization, influenced by both cultural traditions and pop culture. From profound insights to wry humour, Levi’s work guides visitors on a journey through the metaphorical world of what happened to the aboriginal people of this country after first contact; surviving near genocide, indifference, and at last assimilation.
Nelson paints his surroundings as he instinctively feels, with one foot fully engaged in the traditions of his Líl̓wat heritage and the other toe dipped in the education system as Levi pursues his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nelson credits many influences including artists Bill Reid, Fritz Scholder, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the Indian Group of Seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna, as well as speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the essay “Construction of the Imaginary Indian” written by Marcia Crosby in 1991.
Levi Nelson creates pieces that blend contemporary and traditional First Nations art, speaking to many people on different levels and uniting two worlds that often contradict each other.
Everyone is invited to the exhibition’s Opening Reception on November 7, 2019 at 7pm. The evening will include an official welcome from Líl̓wat Nation Gélpcal Chief Ashley Joseph, an introduction to the work by the artist, delicious hors d’oeuvres and music by DJ Andor Tari.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7-10pm | Free Admission | Maury Young Arts Centre | Facebook event
November 7 – December 29 , 2019 | Free Admission | Maury Young Arts Centre | Find out more.
Artist Conversations: Levi Nelson, ‘Fall for Arts’ Scene Cover Artist
We got a chance to chat with Levi to find out more about his art, what inspires him and how his cultural background influences him. Read the interview
Arts Whistler is located on the shared unceded territory of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
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Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for Arts Whistler Live! and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery to support local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler Holiday Market, We Heart Local Art and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible and collaborative.
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