First Nations icons in Shapeshifters show

Peter McFarlane sculptures: “Raven Steals the Sun” and “Breach.” - Photo Contributed
Peter McFarlane sculptures: “Raven Steals the Sun” and “Breach.”
— image credit: Photo Contributed

The Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art is the spot for an exciting new exhibit by metal sculptor Peter McFarlane.

Shapeshifters is comprised of 10 sculptures based on First Nations iconography of the Northwest Coast, reflecting McFarlane’s unique style.

“The Chainsaw Mask series came about as a result of my connection to Pegasus,” said McFarlane in a press release. “The gallery has a vast collection of indigenous art and artefacts, and I was struck by how similar the shape of a raven mask was to my chainsaw. As the first chainsaw ‘shape-shifted’ into a metal mask in my studio, the play on ravens as ‘tricksters’ and ‘gluttons’ became obvious. The fate of ‘clear-cut forests’ and ‘clear-cut cultures’ literally seemed to hang in the raven’s beak.

“I’ve included objects in the work that have transformed landscape, such as the chainsaw, machete, and various saws and blades and, as well, objects that  speak symbolically to the loss of culture, history and technology as in the use of typewriter keys for feathers in ‘Ravenous.’”

Shapeshifters runs from Friday, Aug. 12 until Saturday, Sept. 3 at the gallery, seaside at Mouat’s in Ganges.

A reception with the artist in attendance takes place on Friday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit www.pegasusgallery.ca or call 250-537-2421 for more information.





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