Opening reception Saturday, June 10, 2 – 4 pm, the artist will be speaking about his work at 3 pm. Please join us!
Announcing “Stories from the Outpost”, a solo exhibition featuring the stunning sculptures of Inuit artist Koomuatuk Curley. Inspired by his childhood experiences spending summers living on the land with his grandparents, renowned Inuit artists Kaka Ashoona and Mayoreak Ashoona, Curley’s sculptures transport us to a world of traditional Inuit knowledge and storytelling.
Through his art, Koomuatuk, or Kuzy to his friends, creates a bridge between the past and present, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the Inuit while also highlighting the challenges faced by contemporary Inuit communities. His sculptures serve as a reminder of the importance of cultural heritage and the need for cultural preservation in a rapidly changing world.
Kuzy considers many of the works in the exhibition to be in the vein of traditional Inuit art as he learned from his grandfather, Kaka Ashoona. However Kuzy also creates contemporary works as seen in his portrait of his great grandmother, and renowned graphic artist, Pitseolak Ashoona, sitting on a rock, taking a break and on her way to sell a drawing. Another striking work references modern changes in the Arctic, such as the sculpture of a diesel drum, which is a poignant symbol of the impact of industrialization and globalization on traditional Inuit ways of life. Koomuatuk remembers this object from his childhood as something his ancestors would never have seen, and he uses it as a reminder of the importance of preserving Inuit culture and practices.
“Stories from the Outpost” is the unique vision of an artist who is deeply rooted in his cultural heritage and celebrates of the Inuit way of life. We invite you to join us and immerse yourself in the stories and traditions that have shaped Inuit culture for thousands of years.