Sugar Bombs invites us into an imaginative terrain where innocence and beauty meet violence. Diyan Achjadi’s inkjet prints and Brendan Tang’s conceptual ceramic objects similarly juxtapose childlike playfulness with worldly tensions: they feature candy-coloured exploding rockets and imploding robots. These elements direct our attention to the presence of militarism in popular culture and, simultaneously, question its role in the construction of collective and personal identity. Borrowing and combining aspects of diverse cultures, the works in this exhibition critiqued the normalization of racial and gender stereotypes and militaristic patriotism while signaling a possible reconfiguration of identity.
This full colour publication was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Sugar Bombs at the Kamloops Art Gallery April 5 to May 24, 2009 and includes reproductions of selected works from Diyan Achjadi’s Adventures of Girl and Brendan Tang’s Manga Ormolu.
Essay by Kristen Lambertson. Foreword by Beverley Clayton and Vincent J. Varga.
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