Labyrinth Gallery presents: Coke-Salish by Sonny Assu.

Challenging Aboriginal cultural borders, ACME Studios announces the erecting of massive Aboriginal public art – a night of 18 open studios, three gallery receptions, live music and celebration all under one roof.

Vancouver, BC – Tuesday, Sept 6th2011

Curated by Neal Nolan in Conjunction with artist Sonny Assu’s solo exhibition at The West Vancouver Museum on Sept 14th and ACME Studio building’s full open building crawl of Sept 9th– the artist has partnered with the building’s event and curatorial departments in erecting the 16 ft. x 8 ft. Coke – Salish piece on Hastings street.

sonnyassu.comRegarded as  ‘Vanguard’ for his piece in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit, How Soon Is Now?, Sonny Assu continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art by challenging the perception of Aboriginal art.  Coke Salish by Sonny Assu

An interdisciplinary artist, Assu merges Aboriginal iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. An exploration of his mixed ancestry, his work appropriates or transforms items of consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own personal life. Interested in ideas around Aboriginal issues, branding and new technologies, he works across many boundaries and disciplines and in doing so, reveals a ravishing oeuvre that speaks to many.


Developed and founded in 2009 by David Dupery (The Rickshaw Theater, No Fun City, Narrow Lounge, Rumpus Room ) ACME studios houses over 40 artists and three galleries. Registered (by LGS) as a Non-Profit Society in 2011 The building exists as Vancouver’s largest organized studio block in Vancouver- featuring major interior and exterior curatorial projects over the next two years.


Curated by: Neal E. Nolan

Made possible with the help of:

NK’MIP Wines  l  Central Bistro  l  Junebug Enterprises



Coke-Salish curatorial statement.

Sonny Assu
Digital print on plasticore
collection of the artist, courtesy of the artist and the Equinox gallery.

Curatorial statement by: Neal E. Nolan.

Coke – Salish, featured here, embodies an expansive identity of Aboriginal culture, the term Coast Salish itself applying to a variety of Nations; encompassing the Georgia Basin and Puget Sound including British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.
Evidence of established Coast Salish settlements were discovered at Xa:ytem (Hatzic Rock) near Mission BC, dating back as early as 9,000–8,000 BCE. A historical legacy to this land’s past is definitely owned by it’s indigenous people and is embodied in the message.
Though all world history holds a narrative of warring over land, the work pays as much attention to the agitated struggle for recognition as it does to a harmonious resolve within a peaceful gesture.
The piece’s strength lies in its inclusiveness, reflecting an entire territory of peoples, at the same time illustrating the contentious history often glossed over by  the commercialization and consumption of culture. The term appropriated into iconic corporate signage acknowledges the original image’s connection to a duality of nostalgia connected to a land divided by assimilation and sharing two individual sets of heritage.
As much of our more contemporary cultural identity has been largely connected to corporations and marketing, Sonny presents a reverse appropriation of culture. In this way the concept itself, in the utilization of the appropriated corporate identity, reverses its notion, draws parallels, and reminds us of our past and yet still remains inclusive to all cultures in suggesting the continued enjoyment of the land.
Born in 1975, Interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu is Laich-kwil-tach (Kwakwaka’wakw) of the Wei Wai Kai First Nation. Graduating from the Emily Carr University in 2002, his work has challenged borders in contemporary Native Art and expanded boundaries previously considered impassable within aboriginal culture.

ACME Studios – SWARM 12

ACME Studios – SWARM 12 Sonny Assu | Alexander Bell | Eben Bender | Ensoe | Mike Haller | Duncan McCallum Neal E. Nolan | Scott Sueme | Francis Tiffany | Andrew Young | and more…

Friday, September 9, 6 pm – 2 am Labyrinth Gallery @ ACME Studios Vancouver’s largest organized studio building, ACME Studios, will open its doors on Friday, September 9, 2011 for SWARM 12. The recently formed Labyrinth Art Society will present an exhibition from within ACME’s eighteen studios housing the building’s forty plus artists with works ranging from photography, painting, sculpture and video to design, jewelry and more. The non-profit Labyrinth Art Gallery ( is the venue: a back-alley entrance exhibition space between Columbia and Main streets that creatively utilizes the building’s stairwells and foyers over three floors. Curated by the Labyrinth Art Society with the assistance of the artists in the building, this exhibition will showcase the best works from some of the city’s most promising emerging artists in the spirit of collectivity and collaboration. Proceeds from all sales will be returned to the aritsts and used in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/south side of Hastings Street in a series of fundraiser art exhibits. The event will include a cash bar, cheese plates, music and dancing. The lower level of the building will house the Planet Claire Pop-Up Shop (, featuring sustainable and ethically produced fashion for both men and women as well as jewellery, art and home décor, all of which is hand-selected by Claire from mostly local designers. Two exhibitions will take place simultaneously with the Labyrinth Gallery’s reception. The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) will feature works by resident artist Ross Lastname and the Gam Gallery (110 E Hastings) will present the hot rolled steel sculptures of Marina Glynn followed an evening of live music with Those Boys Cassidy and the Tishomingo String Band, by donation. For more information visit Swarm began in 1999 as an event to mark the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre programming season, bringing together some of the city’s most vital and innovative contemporary art spaces to open their doors on a single frenetic evening. Swarm soon grew to a multi-night event, incorporating more and more of the city’s ephemeral artist-run initiatives: small DIY spaces, studios-turnedgalleries, roaming public projects, artist collectives, hybrid projects, and more. These initiatives join PAARC member centres to present a diverse spectrum of artistrun culture — the integral and innovative core of the city’s vibrant art community.

Labyrinth Gallery Call for Submissions open to all ACME Artist Studios Members

With an amazing first exhibit and fundraiser that helped to raise money to put towards building improvements and amenities Labyrinth gallery is now accepting submissions for this year’s SWARM event on Friday, September 9th.

The event will include exhibits at all three galleries  (Gam, Remington and Labyrinth), live performances by bands in The Gam (by donation) as well as a free dance party in (a converted) Duncan’s studio with DJ’s Gameboy and guests as after parties for SWARM, Catering, Flier and online promotion.

Work exhibiting in the Labyrinth Gallery benefits by having your studio number beside your work coinciding with a map outlining  the building that will be distributed by the gallery host as well as listed on the back of fliers promoting the full building event!

All you have to do to exhibit is book time for a curatorial studio visit in submission of one of your pieces- jewelry, garment, painting, sculpture, audio, video etc by contacting:

Neal Nolan (via the mailing list)

or Duncan (at his studio) 

No later than Thursday, Aug 25th at 5pm to take part and help to promote each other and the building in a community driven effort as Vancouver’s largest organized Artist’s studio block.

small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

Art is the most passionate orgy within man’s grasp.

-Jean Dubuffet

Thank you, that is all.

Neal E. Nolan

Misanthropy, in conjunction with Labyrinth Artist Society, presents: l’esprit d’escalier in at ACME Studios.

l'esprit d'escalier presented by Labyrinth Artist Society

Friday at 8:00pm – July 30 at 1:00am


Labyrinth Gallery – ACME Studios rear entrance

112 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC

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Misanthropy gallery founders, Neal Nolan, Eben Bender and Celia King will be hosting a series of exhibits throughout Vancouver this summer. Embracing the challenge of a variety of maladroit locations by manipulating an astute curatorial agenda, applying consideration into the medium of work, process and technical application of each exhibit in order to effectively maintain a cohesive aesthetic in conjunctive regards to each location and it challenges.

The first of this series, curated solely by Neal Nolan, with the special assistance of VIVO Vancouver, is situated as the founding exhibit at Labyrinth Gallery featuring a seven tier video installation and fundraiser presented by the Misanthropy Gallery curators for the ACME studio building in development of their Labyrinth Gallery exhibition space initiative.

The open themed selected work spans a variety of international artists including Postgraduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Russell J Chartier. Whom, along with his video art practice, has also worked in Broadcast Television with various networks including A&E and The History Channel.
From London, UK, the exhibit also embraces artist Kiron Hussain, winner of the Animate Projects Award for Best Experimental Film at the London Short Film Festival, and our own local artist Brian Kent Gotro, class of 2000 BFA graduate from UBC Okanagan, who’s work has shown internationally in Hong Kong, Russia, Norway, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Vancouver.

For additional information on these and other artists included in the exhibition please see Bios and links below.

l’esprit d’escalier
*Friday, July 29th**, 2011*

8pm – 1am
Labyrinth Gallery:

Rear entrance- 112 E. Hastings
ACME Studio building.

As part of building towards the founding of the alley entrance curatorial space (Labyrinth Gallery), and in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/ south side Hastings alley between Columbia and Main street at 112 E.Hastings (ACME Studio building), a series of fundraiser art exhibits will be presented creatively utilizing the building’s rear foyer, main and descending stairwell, main floor foyer and assenting to the top floor.

l’esprit d’escalier Artists:

Alexander Bell

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Alison Lilly

Riel McGuire: Poeta Productions

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Neal E. Nolan et Darren Read

Musical performers:
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Gameboysound: Feat- Sarah M. Zwaryck

The mandate of the Labyrinth Gallery is to support a variety of creative media to both artists and curators resident to the ACME Studio Building and local to Vancouver.
The gallery hosts a panel of directors accepting open curatorial submissions starting August 1st, 2011. (Labyrinth Artist Society)

Beautiful ACME T-Shirts


ACME T-shirts Labyrinth Artist Society Fundraiser

New Labyrinth Artist Society Fundraiser modeled by our very own Francis Tiffany, portrait painter extraordinaire .

As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to support the artists at ACME artist studios and to fund the creation of the Labyrinth Art Gallery, we have produced these stylish t-shirts. Available for the reasonable sum of $10 from Duncan, any of the Labyrinth Artist Society directors in person or at our next opening/fundraser l’esprit d’escalier on July 30th.

Labyrinth Gallery: A call to video artists


Misanthropy gallery founders, Neal Nolan, Eben Bender and Celia King will be hosting a series of 3hree exhibits throughout Vancouver (BC) this summer. Embracing the challenge of a variety of maladroit locations by manipulating an astute curatorial agenda; applying consideration into the medium of work, process and technical application of each exhibit in order to effectively maintain a cohesive aesthetic in conjunctive regards to each location and it challenges.

The first of the series to be located as the founding exhibit at Labyrinth Gallery where we will be hosting a video installation fundraiser presented by Misanthropy Gallery for the
ACME studio building on:
*Friday, July 30th**, 2011*

Call for open themed video submissions:

*Labyrinth Gallery* will be hosting a video installation fundraiser
presented by *Misanthropy Gallery* for the
*ACME studio building on*:
*Friday, July 30th**, 2011*
and is looking for open themed video submissions.

As we build towards founding the alley entrance gallery (Labyrinth Gallery)
in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the west side Hastings
alley between Columbia and Main street at 112 W.Hastings (ACME Studio
building), we will be running a series of fundraiser art exhibits creatively
utilizing the building’s rear foyer, stairwell heading downstairs, main
floor foyer and assenting to the top floor.

The environment supports wide stairwells and landings among a series of
large feature walls within the building’s interior behind The Gam Gallery
(located at the front of the building.)

The entire environment will be darkened with no supporting lights other than
the films exhibited and a series of flashlights distributed at entrance.
Selected videos will be run silently as the feature installation utilizing a
collaboration musical performance running for the full period of the
evening. Musicians will be obscured from view in an isolated area with a
live projection feed as one of the installations submitted by one of the

Musical performers:

*Interior Design:*<…>


Confirmed artists thus far:
– Darren Read

*-Alison Lilly*<>

Alexander Bell

Brian Gotro

Fredrick Cummings


-Neal Nolan and Eben Bender’s video chronicling the development of this
of work:<…>

This is a simple call not requiring a CV or portfolio of previous work.

Links to the proposed video may be sent to:

or contact via email to set up a time for drop off at:
*Studio #230
ACME Studio Building
112 E. Hastings*
Submission deadline:
*Thursday, June 30th – 5pm*

-There is no submission fee
-No artist’s fee for printed promotional material
-Submissions can be of any length and theme.
-Must be on a fully functional DVD disk capable of looping.

The mandate of the Labyrinth Gallery is to support a variety of creative
media to both artists and curators resident to the ACME Studio Building and
local to Vancouver.
The gallery hosts a panel of directors accepting open curatorial submissions
starting August 1st, 2011.


Welcome to Labyrinth Art Society

Welcome to the Labyrinth Artist Society. The Labyrinth Art Society supports artists with studios at ACME Artist Studios at 112 E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. Additionally the Labyrinth Art Society runs the The Labyrinth Art Gallery. This site is currently under construction. Check back soon for information about our inaugural show and fundraiser at the end of July which will feature installations by 7 video artists and live music.