Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
About Us   Contact Us   1-888-669-8813    Sign In

Devilfish Prow

by


SOLD

The canoe prow was a mutual form that became the basis of several pieces in this exhibition. The devilfish or octopus is named for its dark and powerful reputation for grabbing hold of a canoe and pulling it into the undersea world. This sculpture has tentacles weaving and flowing up the prow of the canoe form.

Preston Singletary

This sculpture recalls an old Maori story when Kupe went out with his men fishing in their waka (canoe) in Hawaiki. The bait on their line was always taken by small octopus (wheke). The main culprit was a huge octopus and was the pet of a man named Muturangi. Muturangi would not listen to Kupe’s pleas about stopping his pet octopus enticing the other octopus to the fishing ground. A tohunga (priest) told Kupe that he must kill the octopus or they would never have success fishing. Kupe and his brother-in-law pursued and eventually caught the octopus in a strange new land — this is how Kupe discovered Aotearoa — New Zealand.

Lewis Gardiner

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.

Monthly Email Newsletter

Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
Phone: 604-669-8813

info@spiritwrestler.com

Follow us on Twitter and Google+

one block West of the Granville Island gates
Between Pine St. and Fir St.

Tuesday to Saturday, open 10-5
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5