Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
January 13 - February 14, 2014
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 12, 3 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 30, 12:30 p.m.
Conversation with the artists.
I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century features the work of seven contemporary Native artists from the Pacific Northwest and Canada who are reinventing the concept of what contemporary Native art can be: Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Wendy Red Star, Nicholas Galanin, Peter Morin and Terrance Houle.
Guest curator Todd Clark writes, "I.M.N.D.N. will expand visitors horizons with works by seven contemporary Native artists from the Northwest and Canada who are reinventing the concept of what contemporary Native art is. The exhibition will explore Native mythologies, colonization, identity, and much more, through the smart and talented lens of Native artists in touch with their past, but firmly rooted in the present. With clear vision and lacking romantic overtures, these artists embody the idea of what it means to be a Native artist in the 21st century."
About the Curator
Tribal affiliation: Wailaki tribe of Northern California
Todd Clark became interested in working with Native artists who are creating work addressing life in the 21st century after relocating to the Portland area and discovering a wealth of talent in the Pacific Northwest community. This show grows out of those interests. He is also involved in contemporary art and architecture, and has a B.A. in Communications Design/Studio Art and a post-graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from UCLA. Prior to moving to this area, Clark worked at several museums in Southern California, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Locally, he works with the Portland Art Museum, The Lumber Room and The Art Gym.
About the Artists
Tribal affiliation: Wiyot
Rick Bartow draws from Native American mythologies often combining human and animal imagery and will show several of his wood sculptures in I.M.N.D.N. Bartow has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan, The White House, Washington, D.C. (organized by the Heard Museum); Indian Reality Today, Westfaliches Landesmuseum fur Naturkunde, Munster, Germany; Head, Heart and Hands, organized by the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, and traveling to the American Craft Museum, New York, New York; Indian Time at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and The Museum of Art & Design's Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation, New York, New York. In 2012, Bartow completed a commission for the Smithsonian, the monumental 27' sculpture, "We Were Always Here," welcomes visitors at the entrance of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Tribal affiliation: Okanagan member of Colville Confederated Tribes
Washington artist Joe Feddersen will be represented in I.M.N.D.N. with the hanging glass tapestry Charmed. Like many of his glass vessels and prints, Charmed combines indigenous symbols with imagery borrowed from the urban landscape like power towers and the striping of parking lots. Feddersen's work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Eitlejorg Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Tribal affiliation: Tlingit
Alaskan artist Nicholas Galanin is a concept driven artist inspired by generations of Tlingit creativity. Like Red Star, Galanin's work is included in Cross Currents at Denver's Center for the Visual Arts. Galanin works in many visual arts media, including sculpture, video and performance. He draws on indigenous technologies and global experiences and challenges the tired prescriptions of the "Indian art world" and it's institutions. Galanin's work can be found in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, Anchorage Museum, Burke Museum, Seattle, WA and the Portland Museum of Art.
Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds
Tribal affiliation: Cheyenne and Arapaho
Internationally recognized for his political and site-specific public installations, Hachivi Edward Heap of Birds' work uses text and public signage on a large scale to entice and confront the viewer. For Marylhurst, twelve signs from the Native Hosts series will be installed along Furman Drive on campus. Like the other Native Host series, created for New York and British Columbia, in the Oregon series twelve Oregon tribes (Umatilla, Siletz, Grand Ronde and Coquille, for example) welcome visitors to Oregon. The artist's work is exhibited worldwide and he has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Heap of Birds' artwork was chosen to represent the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Tribal affiliation: The Blood Tribe
Calgary artist Terrance Houle is known for his work exploring contemporary indigenous themes and issues. He has a broad practice, which includes performance, photography, video/film, music, painting and tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and bus signage. Houle is exhibiting photographs and collaborating on an installation with Wendy Red Star for The Art Gym exhibition. In 2012 he started the National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America. Houle is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design. He was awarded Best Experimental Film in Toronto's 2004 ImagineNative Film Festival. In 2006, the City of Calgary awarded him the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Houle's art, film and performance work has been shown in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Australia, including at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and Western Front in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tribal affiliation: Tahltan
Peter Morin uses his art to honor his home, and the stories and words of his people the Tahltan Nation. Morin uses performance, ceremony, and visual art to examine indigenous identity, d-colonization and language. The Art Gym exhibition will include artifacts and photo documentation from Morin's performances. His work and performances have been presented by museums and galleries throughout Canada, including the Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto; Open Space in Victoria, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. Morin, who is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is also an active educator and curator and has organized exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, the Burnaby Art Gallery.
Wendy Red Star
Tribal affiliation: Crow
Portland-based Wendy Red Star explores the intersection of life on the reservation and the world outside. She is creating a new body of work for I.M.N.D.N.— the White Squaw series, using as source material the covers of E.J. Hunter's racist, sexist mass-market paperback books, published in the 1980s with titles like Buckskin Bombshell, Dakota Squeeze, and Twin Peaks or Bust. Red Star is also collaborating with Terrance Houle on a new installation for the show. Red Star's work is currently part of Cross Currents at the Metropolitan State University of Denver's Center for the Visual Arts and was recently included in Space is the Place at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. Red Star's work has also been presented by the Fondation Cartier L'Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Research & Development, Chicago, Illinois; The Museum Tower at MOCA, Los Angeles, California; And/Or gallery, Dallas, Texas, The UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Domaine De Kerguehennc, Brittany, France; Hudson D. Walker gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England.
About the Curator
Todd Clark is a member of the Wailaki tribe of Northern California. He became interested in working with Native artists who are creating work addressing life in the 21st century after relocating to the Portland area and discovering a wealth of talent in the Pacific Northwest community. This show grows out of those interests. He is also involved in contemporary art and architecture, and has a BA in Communications Design/Studio Art and a post-graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from UCLA. Prior to moving to this area, Clark worked at several museums in Southern California, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Locally, he works with the Portland Art Museum, The Lumber Room and The Art Gym.
About The Art Gym
The Art Gym, as a program of the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University.
The Art Gym is located on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus, 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43. During the exhibition season, The Art Gym is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
The Art Gym programs are supported in part through grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Cultural Trust, foundations, businesses and individuals.