the time that he began making stone carvings in the mid-1960s until
his death in 1980, the Inuit sculptor John
Pangnark created a unique
and compelling body of work. Using the human form as a starting point,
Pangnark produced minimalist sculptural works that are remarkable
for their understatement and modest scale.
This exhibition—the first in
over two decades to focus on this important Canadian artist—brings
together a dozen exemplary stone works from the 1960s and 1970s. Though
not a full representatiion of Pangnark's sculptural output, the exhibition
succeeds in showing the range of his expression and continuously evolving
Although he was not the only Inuit artist of his generation to work in
a non-representational style, Pangnark was in many ways the most original.
With their sloping surfaces and contoured volumes, his abstracted works
are as much about mass, line and material as they are about subject matter.
At once dramatic and enigmatical, the works in Pangnark are a testament
to the singular vision and spirit of one of Canada's most significant