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U998.7.54
Artist / Maker : Cranmer, Doug ; Pal'nakwala Wakas
Title : Canoe
Date (Execution) : 1996
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Tan color background. Two blue thick stripes down in the middle of the red and black design
Accession # : U998.7.54
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 60.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : 'Canoe' is undoubtedly one of the most intellectually challenging contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw two-dimensional designs. Close observation reveals the bow and stern silhouettes, in the lower field, riding on the blue ocean, the tree from which the canoe was made and several plan and oblique views of the canoe can be seen in the upper field. When the image is turned clockwise so that the blue band on the right-hand side is horizontal, the major black form on the left, excluding the border, becomes a silhouette of the bow section of the canoe floating on a blue sea. When reversed one hundred and eighty degree's, the canoe's stern section is revealed in profile. When the painting is returned to the first position the central black, roughly triangular are on the right hand side becomes one vertical half of the canoe as seen directly from a frontal elevation. The negative, that is unpainted, triangular space in the exact centre, represents a frontal projection of the projecting bow piece. And the roughly similar design, directly opposite, represents the same view, only as seen from the stern. When the painting is returned to its upright position, the uttermost central black element on the right becomes a plan view of the gunwale extending back from the bow. The first red element immediately to the left of this represents the inside bottom of the canoe while the negative space between this and the gunwale becomes the sloping side. The similar, but slightly asymmetrical design elements directly to the left feature a similar view to the stern. Finally, the central cylindrical motif in red represents the log from which the canoe was hewn, the paired vertical lines extending above the crescents depict cracks in the log. The circular part of this is the log in cross sections and the design in clack and red contained within the circle suggests and end view of the canoe which will eventually emerge from the log. (after Macnair's description in The Legacy)