On September 14th, Feheley Fine Arts opened their latest show by the renowned Inuit sculptor, Abraham Anghik Ruben, titled Gathering of Spirits. The opening reception was well attended by friends of the gallery and members of the public. The intimate event allowed visitors to mingle and speak with Ruben personally. After an introduction by Patricia Feheley, Ruben gave a thoughtful speech about the inspiration behind his latest body of work.
Gathering of Spirits features 19 of Ruben’s sculptures, most of which are carved in Brazilian soapstone, whalebone, or cast in bronze. Through these works, Ruben pays homage to traditional Inuit culture. Ruben also interweaves memories of his family and life on the land with myths, legends, and references to shamanism of the Inuit and the Viking Norse. The historic relationship between the Inuit and Norse cultures is a recurring theme in Ruben’s artistic practice, and acts as a contextual backdrop for much of his work.
Gathering of Spirits runs until October 14th, 2017. For more information about the exhibition, please contact the gallery.