If you went to an art show at an established gallery and viewed works by an acclaimed artist, you would probably be shocked if someone told you that a large number of the works were scheduled to be destroyed. This is exactly what is happening with the collection of works by Beau Dick currently at Macaulay & Co Works of Art (formerly Blanket Contemporary).
|Beau Dick (Image: Totem to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelery Arts of the Northwest and Southwest, 2004|
While there are definitely masks for sale at this show, Beau explains that there are 40 additional masks set to be used in a potlatch this September. This will be the fourth time they have been danced. Since four is a fortuitous number in Kwakwaka'wakw culture, these masks will be danced in four ceremonies this fall and then burned. Beau says of the masks that are going to be burned: “It takes away any monetary value they have in this world and makes it real. What we have to do is recreate them — and that keeps them alive.” Macaulay & Co is located at 560 Seymour Street and this eclectic show runs until September 22, 2012.