COLE SPECK was raised on the Namgis reserve on Alert Bay, BC. As an apprentice of the late master carver Beau Dick, Speck continues to promote Kwakwaka’wakw culture through his practice and the knowledge gained from his mentor. He has also apprenticed under master carver Wayne Alfred. In 2010-11, Speck assisted in the making of the Pat Alfred Memorial pole, and, in 2012, he apprenticed with Rande Cook on a totem pole that was later installed in Holland as part of a Northwest Coast exhibit. Past exhibitions include RezErect (Bill Reid Gallery, 2013) and Claiming Space (UBC Museum of Anthropology, 2014). Speck performed and contextualized works on behalf of Beau Dick at Documenta 14.
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