The Elegant Implement
The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver would like to invite you to explore a new exhibition of works from some of the finest artists on the Northwest coast. The Elegant Implement focuses on contemporary and traditional objects that are or were practical in an everyday setting, ranging from tools to vessels to fine furniture.
What we think of today as good industrial design was applied to objects and implements on the Northwest coast for generations past and continues to this day. In Northwest Coast design, however, unlike most European industrial design, the artist is not only concerned with the smooth co-operation between form and function, but must be aware of the added element of meaning. Many objects created for everyday use carry symbols that speak of the lineage and status of the owner and so must convey the information accurately and favourably, without compromising the functional integrity of the object.
In some instances, the beauty of the device itself surpasses the seemingly mundane function it was created for, as in the case of Richard Sumner's divine Canoe Bailer or in Susan Point's modern interpretation of the traditional Coast Salish spindle whorl. In others, like Reg Davidson's Raven bowl, or Larry Rosso's Eagle platter, the vessel not only enhances the appeal of the food served in them, but the shapely design and opulent decoration also speak volumes about the high status of the person who owns them.
We hope you will enjoy the exhibition and if you have any questions about the works, please don't hesitate to contact the gallery.
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Ltd.