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