Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



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Maunutanga karakia rekereke - “They are the outcome of the chants of the heels”. These karakia speak of joy, they speak of sorrow, they link us with the past.
—Lewis Gardiner

To me, the title of this piece is about the process of unlocking our creative powers through meditation. In Tlingit culture, we have Duk-tool, who was the lazy young man who was tired of being picked on by the villagers, so he started to secretly strengthen his body and mind. All the while, he’d return to his disheveled place and accept the ridicule. In the end, he became a strong warrior who proved himself by ripping a sea lion in half. The idea is that if one is sitting quietly alone, what is going on in their head? Are they sleeping or is there something else going on in their minds.
—Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.

Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.