Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tradition Transformed


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This sculpture is a figurative piece which reflects the ever-changing environment where art and culture exist. When Māori talk about traditional design or carving, it is very hard to explain as art has and will continue to evolve with the bombardment of new materials, new ideas and new environments.
—Lewis Gardiner

The medium of glass can be a compelling one when used to convey symbols and codes to indigenous cultures. The potential for an object to last for several hundred or even a thousand years without deteriorating is intriguing, while at the same time it is a fragile material, like culture. When I developed my ability to interpret my culture through the glass medium I wanted to see how far I could take it. I feel like an ambassador of glass to indigenous cultures. Learning how other indigenous people interpret their own culture for today’s society always informs and inspires my work. I also see glass as transformational medium to indigenous culture, as the glass itself is transforming from liquid to solid.
—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.