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Māori Sculpture

from Aotearoa (New Zealand)

“Woodcarving is the obvious connection between the Māori and the Northwest Coast peoples, as both have a long and refined tradition in this medium. Both historically carved ornate totem poles (in Māori, pou), longhouses (whare tupana), ornate figures (tekoteko) and canoes (waka), among many other object similar in each culture. Due to clear-cutting, which has decimated old-growth stands of native totara and kauri trees across much of New Zealand, wood for carving monumental buildings, sculptures and large ocean-going canoes is now a limited resource, respectfully taken and only under strict guidelines. Much of the wood available today to artists is recovered from swamps, old buildings, trees felled by storms, and through reclamation of trees harvested in the 1880s but inaccessible until recent years.”

See also: Wero: Pacific Challenge exhibition featuring sculpture by Rex Homan, Lewis Gardiner, and Todd Couper.

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Current Exhibition

Northern Exposure 2015

Northern Exposure 2015

May 30 - June 20, 2015

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Exhibition of the students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College, Terrace, BC). The gallery is proud to have hosted this exhibition every year since the school’s inception and to offer the students a venue to have their work seen by an international audience. This year will also include the work of Dean Heron and Latham Mack, who were, as students, featured in previous exhibitions but are now instructors at the school, as well as being working artists. Dean Heron is also the recipient of one of the YVR Mid Career Artist Award for 2015.

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Spirit Wrestler Gallery

47 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 1A1

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Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.

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