AKOS: Corey Bulpitt
AKOS presents the monumental works of spray can art by Haida artist, Corey Bulpitt at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. This solo exhibition is a remarkable, natural fusion between Hip Hop and Haida cultures. AKOS is Corey Bulpitt’s graffiti tag. Taakeet Gaaya, his Haida name, translates to “Gifted Carver”. Both names reveal two art forms that have successfully come together through this exhibition.
Graffiti and Haida formline design share many of the same artistic values; continuous flow that expands and compresses, balance in design, colour, positive and negative; narrative, reflective of society and of social status. Selected works pay homage to the artistic design and skills of Haida ancestors. Others fuse together expressions of Haida and Hip Hop cultures, and reveal a vivid connection to formline and the freedom of graffiti.
Corey Bulpitt will be at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art on January 24th at 2pm for the closing of this unique exhibit. He’ll be sharing some insight about his career as an artist and his creative process.