Space Invaders, 2013, by Leonard Getinthecar (Nicholas and Jerrod Galanin), part of the exhibit Storytelling, images from the Contemporary Native Art Biennial on at the Orleans campus of the Ottawa School of Art until October 19.
Maria Calderara mesh nylon tunic ($328), Baby and Co. Gary Graham quilted silk vest ($764), Les Amis. Cashmere and wool cropped trousers from the Seattle line Schai ($780), Schai. Christian Louboutin flatforms ($695), Mario’s. Boet crocheted silk and brass necklace ($206), Oblik Atelier gold-plated brass rings ($110–$150), Nicholas Galanin copper cuff ($600), bronze bangle by Seattle designer Kimberly Baker ($130), and earrings ($210) and bangle ($70) by Seattle designer Sarah Loertscher, Frye Art Museum Store. Ostrich and deer leather zipper clutch from the Seattle line Anne Sylvain ($995), Anne Sylvain.
PERSONALITIES: FANTASY AND IDENTITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND NEW MEDIA
01/17/15 - 04/19/15 Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Work by Marina Abramovic, Zoe Crosher, Jen Davis, and Tomoko Sawada reveal identities to be unstable and rooted as much in history and social expectations as in personal self-imagining. Other artists who compose this diverse photographic history include Brian Bress, Keith Carter, Jona Frank, Katy Grannan, Pirkle Jones, Milton Rogovin, Jono Rotman, Wang Qingsong, and Pat York, among others.
Live Review: Shabazz Palaces with Porter Ray at Neumos 8/1/2014
Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire both have deep Seattle roots and have helped assemble a brilliant coalition of artistic minds in Black Constellation. The team recently combined efforts forYour Feast Has Ended, a powerful and emotive art exhibit at the Frye Museum showcasing the work of Nep Sidhu, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, and Nicholas Galanin. Your Feast Has Ended marries “the ancient and sacred in unison with the new and revised” to give cognizant incarnation and immediacy to the cultural misappropriation that we see around us from day to day. Lese Majesty is, in many ways, how Shabazz Palaces create the musical embodiment of these same ideas.
Burn immemorial memory boulders Nicholas Galanin flew into the sky and landed in woodland gardens of the Precambrian. He came from a distance, the artist. Alaskan. Her home community is that of the Tlingit, one of the “People of the Salmon,” which all the territories extending along the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. From West to East, North America, however, this contains an immutable physical and temporal reality, the slow erosion. She immemorial age rocks; its boulders are the oldest rocks of humanity.No less ancient, prehistoric art and founder of the artistic gesture, there is inlaid: petroglyphs and other frescoes, the engraved stone drawings, often mysterious. Armed with an engraving tool, pencil and gold leaf, Native artist is doubly invested, inspired both prehistoric signs and corporate logos usurping the image of “Indians.” With Prerequisite / Requirements, it diverts to bring out several trees and plants as well as a heap of stones at the entrance to the path of the trail first identity detour “Indian Land TM”.Anonymous mineral aggregate, we no longer observed, texture becomes the territory. The labeled plants are symbolic of a reappropriation of the Earth of his ancestors entities. The idea of the trade mark as an extension of private property is revealing not only the weight of the history of colonization, but also our societies based on extreme individualism and immediate profit. If the gesture is elegantly stylized, using irony, it is also politically explicit through art.
Right now on the wall inside the Frye Museum sits a Native American hand drum in a display case. Nicolas Galanin, a Tlingit/Aleut artist, skinned the drum with the American flag. In front of the drum, instead of a drumstick, is a wooden police baton.
The piece made me laugh and shudder at the same time.
Galanin was one of the three artists over the weekend who sat down for a public discussion aboutYour Feast Has Ended, the brilliant show currently on display at the Frye that he, along with Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and Nep Sidhu, worked together to create. Feast offers up a harsh critique of American imperialism, racism and injustice with work that somehow simultaneously manages to have a sense of humor and transcendence despite the inherent horror of the past it wrestles with. Another of Galanin’s pieces, a pair of tiny engraved handcuffs behind glass, is entitled “Indian Children’s Bracelets.”