‘Qulaguli (Helicopter)’ by Pudlo Pudlat – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1979 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts. Framing recommended for display.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: “Qulaguli” – Helicopter … Pudlo would take an image or idea and experiment with it. Images or ideas might be repeated differently or Pudlo might experiment with technique or approach, resulting in a series of drawings that explore and develop that new approach. Pudlo didn’t just document what he saw and experienced around him, he examined it and learned from it. Pudlo was in a unique position to witness the transformations of traditional Inuit life in the 1950s, from a semi-nomadic lifestyle to a settled one, and also by the introduction of modern technology into the Arctic. This transformation is depicted in his art. In Pudlo’s work, airplanes, helicopters and telephone poles enter into strange interactions with the Arctic landscape and its animals. A muskox rider lassoing an airplane or a loon steering a motorboat are examples of his juxtapositions. In many ways Pudlo’s work symbolizes the paradoxes of the encounter between Inuit and Western culture.