Native: April 26 – June 8, 2014
Contemporary Art by Native American Artists.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Curator Peggy Zask searched across the nation to seek outstanding Contemporary artists who are American Natives. Their involvement in Native American cultural institutions, activist organizations and cultural foundations has brought them to be recognized in the arts.
Andrea Ashkie was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Northeastern Arizona where she lives today. She earned her BFA in Art from Arizona State University. Ashkie makes photographs of everyday subjects that are unsentimental yet tender pictures of people and places she knows intimately and cares deeply about.
Gregg Deal, Currently living in Washington DC, Greg Deal and his mother have a Paiute tribe affiliation. While much of his work takes on an ironic and humorous tone, his current body of work takes on being an Indigenous person in mainstream America and presents the innumerable misappropriations perpetuated throughout history.
Patrick Dean Hubbell is Dine’ (Navajo). Currently living in Northern Arizona, he is originally from Navajo, New Mexico. Patrick attended Arizona State University where he received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing and also minored in American Indian Studies, He currently lives in Northeastern Arizona. Hubbell’s work is an investigation of identity. I find inspiration in everything and I use various themes rooted in the correlation and the conflict of both my Native American and Contemporary mindset.
Yatika Fields Currently lives in New York City and was born in rural Oklahoma, a Cherokee/Creek/Osage. He earned his BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. The energy of urban life inspires and feeds the creative force in his artwork. His kaleidoscopic imagery, with its dynamic pop culture aesthetic, references both historical and contemporary themes.
Jaque Fragua, Jemez Pueblo Currently living in New Mexico, Fragua has studied at the Institute of American Indian Art.
“My first language has no word for Art. Although, the traditions I have been raised in are over-flowing with Art.”
Experimenting with various mediums, such as aerosol, found objects, earthworks, poetry, & music, messages of civil unrest, social justice, emotional introspection, and personal healing have heartened his unique perspective on life through art. Fragua has studied at the Institute of American Indian Art.
Joan Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo, Lives in Anchorage Alaska, with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She graduated from Harvard College and from Columbia University with an M.F.A. Kane’s poems are original, unsentimental, plain, and mysterious. She does not find metaphors for life in the wilderness, but rather observes patterns of nature that life bears out. Hers is a voice without cultural or self-reference, a voice without verbal-technics.
Sheridan MacKnight Currently lives in Redondo Beach, a Southern California Native, and her mother Chippewa and Lakota. Sheridan creates mixed media paintings on antique ledger paper that embodies the peace and pride of her Native ancestry. MacKnight feels the need to express, record and reinvent the beauty and devotion of these people, her relations.
Ken Marchianno lives in Los Angeles since 1990. He was born on the East Coast, brought up in New York and the Mid-Atlantic. He attended a year of graduate studies at Cal Arts, and received his MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine.
In 2006 he started the Future Generations Teen Photojournalism Project to offer American Indian youth the opportunity to learn photography by imaging a nearly three hundred-mile memorial horseback ride that has become a modern tradition. The Project allows the Ride a greater audience, and offers Reservation youth inroads into the politics of representation
Paul Rowley is a Tlingit & Haida, born in Seattle, WA. and currently living there. He creates cool hats in classic fashion forms using traditional cedar bark weaving techniques. He has been mostly self-taught and strives to make wearable art which reflects the rich traditions of the Pacific Northwest’s tribal history.
“The true Native Fashion is the work of artists who are rooted in their traditional arts and are making them available to many audiences in contemporary forms”
Gretchen Sagan is an Inupiaq artist from Alaska. She received her B.F.A. from the Estonian national art academy, Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, in Tallinn (2002).
Sagan examines life situations and attempts to portray the bare essence of an event, feeling or sensation. It could be the residue of an encounter, fleeting glance, a dialogue, and a supposition. The ideas that I interpret are universal and transcend physical and cultural boundaries.
Gail Werner: Lives in Long Beach, with a tribal affiliation Southern California: Cupeño, Luiseño, and Diegeño tribes. She earned an MFA from CSU Long Beach. Many of the elements found in her work are influenced by the southern California desert and mountain landscape. Other influences are Native American rock art, pottery, basket designs, Native American