Sweat Lounge | Philip Hare

October 27 – November 7, 2010

Sweat Lounge, by Toronto artist and Propeller member, Philip Hare.  With sculpture, textiles, light and music Hare has created a ‘divine disco’ celebrating masculine mojo.

A few years ago I participated in a sweat lodge or ‘Inipi’.  The sweat, led by a Lakota elder, included only men.  During the ceremony, I said prayers for the men in my life; men who play an important part in my life now as well as men who have gone.  Lovers, mentors, fathers, brothers, friends and heroes; I prayed for them all.  I said prayers of thanks for their love, wisdom and inspiration.  I said prayers of hope for their strength and well being.  As the ritual unfolded I had a vision.  The outer layers of the lodge seemed to dissolve and I felt myself float up into a star-filled sky.  Men danced all around, above and below me.  I was in a boundless cosmic disco grooving with a multitude of men. 

Philip Hare

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