Eight Piece Luggage Set (Canoe)
by Until We Have A Helicopter
UWHAH brought their large sculptural project to New York with a little help from their friends. After showing at Ed. Varie, the opportunity to exhibit at Assembly arose and the work was transported there by a procession of porters.
Typically multi-tasking with their artwork, this repurposed canoe has been sectioned and capped into eight pieces of luggage and brought to Manhattan from Vancouver by friends and family on planes, trains, and automobiles. The whitewashed work is easily reassembled should it encounter a flood and floating transportation be required.
This is the most recent incarnation of the work Epic Portage (Luggage Canoe) in which the two artists took the same canoe to a San Francisco exhibition by designing it to ‘nest’ into their own two pieces of self-contained baggage. For this exhibition they asked those joining them on the trip to participate by helping them bring the piece.
The act of bringing a canoe on an airplane is meant to address the perceived and actual distance between metropolis and remote wilderness. How well off would you be if you crashed on a deserted island with the luggage items you typically carry on a flight? At what point did North American pioneers have the opportunity to create art instead of just concentrating on survival? With this rudimentary streamlining of form and function, UWHAH propose that through a historic gaze, they are doing both at the same time.
Until We Have A Helicopter is the collaborative entity of Vancouver based artists Wes Cameron and Matthew Robertson. Working together since 2005 they have developed a practice that includes large-scale sculptural production, curatorial projects, gallery direction and functional-object making.
Camera: Meshakai Wolf
Post: Ben Stoddard