The Georgia Street hoarding has changed to conclude the “My (Re)Conciliation is” project. Haida artist, Corey Bulpitt, along with Robi Geary were the two main artists for the public mural project which has been featured on the construction hoarding along Georgia Street. The project was conceived by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art as a way to promote dialogue around this timely topic.
The project included several youth engagement workshops. Over the summer, 40 youth from Christ Church Cathedral, the Urban Native Youth Association, Ray-Cam Community Association, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, and Roundhouse Community Centre worked with an artist to create art and discuss contemporary issues, such as reconciliation, colonization, and Indigenous knowledge.
The project is now completed and Corey and Robi have transformed the mural with an image of a Raven and the word Haawa – which means Thank you in the Haida language.
The Bill Reid Gallery thanks the sponsors, the BC Arts Council, Face the World Foundation, City of Vancouver, SFU, and the Christ Church Cathedral for their support and every person who took time out of their day to participate in the public conversation.
Currently, Corey is working as an artist in residence at the Bill Reid Gallery until October 2, 2016 to put the finishing touches on his new 9’ red cedar Bear Mother pole. He is assisted by Rick Adkins and Cap Burton.
Corey has carved many totem poles, including a 27′ yellow cedar pole for Scouts Canada, a 17′ story pole now at Queen Charlotte Lodge, and a 14′ mortuary-style memorial in the Namgis burial ground in Alert Bay. He has also carved a pole in New Zealand with Maori Master Carver Lionel Grant and Northwest Coast carvers Dempsey Bob, Joe David and Christian White. He assisted on the 2010 Olympic pole with Klatle Bhi.
The art will remain on the Georgia Street hoarding until Cathedral construction is complete this fall. Many thanks to the Bill Reid Gallery for transforming a blank wall into a creative, participatory mural.
Born in Prince Rupert in 1978, Corey Bulpitt is of the Naay kun Raven clan. His Haida name, Taakeit G’aaya means “Gifted Carver” and he is the great-great grandson of the renowned Charles Edenshaw and Louis Collison. He graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School in 1996. When he was 20, he returned to Haida Gwaii for a four-year apprenticeship with his uncle Master Carver Christian White (Haida). There he learned about Haida social structure, oral histories, ancestral music, ceremony and dance, and classical 2D and 3D Haida design.
Corey now lives in Vancouver and is an avid painter, jeweler, wood and argillite carver who enjoys exploring different media, which he has used to create large-scale paintings involving Vancouver urban youth. Corey’s contemporary graffiti art pieces can be seen in many urban landscapes and his work has been included in several national and international exhibitions.