Lazy Stitch

LAZY STITCH | May 4 - July 21, 2018

Cannupa Hanska Luger, Frey A. Marie, Chip Thomas, Jesse Hazelip, and Kali Spitzer

OPENING RECEPTION + ARTIST TALKS | Friday, May 4, 5-9p @Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art in the Ent Center for the Arts

Organized by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, Lazy Stitch will interpret the concept of the bead as connection point for human beings across land, race, culture, gender and time. Four contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds working in collaboration with Hanska Luger will investigate the notion of the bead as object. Through multiple installations the artists will engage the idea that there is a hole in all of us and what we consume and what we waste is the thread that connects us all. As Hanska Luger states, "We are all beads, threaded together in a larger work; diverse individually yet together we create a larger social structure dependent on one another and the land for survival." 

Image caption: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Everything Anywhere, mixed media site-specific installation, 2016

Artist Biographies 

Cannupa​ ​Hanska​ ​Luger​ ​is​ ​a​ ​multi-disciplinary​ ​artist​ ​of​ ​Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota​ ​descent. His​ ​work​ ​communicates​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​complex​ ​Indigenous​ ​identities​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​against​ ​21st Century​ ​imperatives,​ ​mediation,​ ​and​ ​destructivity.​ ​Luger's​ ​practice​ ​applies​ ​critical​ ​social​ ​analysis matched​ ​with​ ​dedication​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​for​ ​the​ ​diverse​ ​materials​ ​he​ ​engages.  Luger​ ​is​ ​known​ ​for​ ​his​ ​ceramic​​ ​innovations,​ ​interpreting​ ​the​ ​material​ ​with​ ​patience​ ​and experimentation.​ ​He​ ​engages​ ​his​ ​concepts​ ​further​ ​through​ ​fiber,​ ​steel,​ ​cut-paper,​ ​video,​ ​sound, social​ ​engagement,​ ​performance,​ ​monumental​ ​sculpture​ ​and​ ​land​ ​art​ ​installation.​ ​His​ ​work continually​ ​advances​ ​in​ ​concept,​ ​medium​ ​and​ ​material,​ ​as​ ​he​ ​provokes​ ​the​ ​world​ ​to​ ​see Indigenous​ ​peoples​ ​through​ ​a​ ​lens​ ​alternative​ ​to​ ​colonial​ ​social​ ​structuring. 

Recent​ ​notable​ ​works​ ​include​ ​Everything​ ​Anywhere,​ ​an​ ​interactive​ ​monumental​ ​head​ ​sculpture made​ ​of​ ​ceramic,​ ​steel,​ ​fiber​ ​and​ ​sound​ ​which​ ​draws​ ​upon​ ​the​ ​intercultural​ ​manifestation​ ​of nature​ ​through​ ​the​ ​matriarchal​ ​form;​ ​The​ ​Mirror​ ​Shield​ ​Project,​ ​a​ ​social​ ​engagement​ ​work​ ​which invited​ ​the​ ​public​ ​to​ ​create​ ​mirrored​ ​shields​ ​for​ ​water​ ​protectors​ ​at​ ​Standing​ ​Rock​ ​and​ ​has​ ​been formatted​ ​for​ ​actions​ ​across​ ​the​ ​nation;​ ​Old​ ​Dominion,​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​life​ ​size​ ​ceramic​ ​buffalo​ ​skulls and​ ​land​ ​art​ ​installations​ ​which​ ​interpret​ ​America's​ ​continued​ ​forced​ ​narrative​ ​onto​ ​the​ ​land through​ ​the​ ​legacy​ ​of​ ​colonization.  

Luger​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​BFA​ ​in​ ​studio​ ​ceramics​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Indian​ ​Arts.​ ​He​ ​was recipient​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​Native​ ​Arts​ ​&​ ​Cultures​ ​Foundation​ ​National​ ​Artist​ ​Fellowship​ ​Award​ ​and has​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​artist​ ​residencies​ ​and​ ​institution​ ​lectures​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​nation.​ ​He​ ​holds​ ​a studio​ ​practice​ ​in​ ​New​ ​Mexico​ ​and​ ​is​ ​collected​ ​and​ ​exhibited​ ​internationally.  

Jesse Hazelip
 is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist work covers the devastating byproducts of our systematic western cultural practices such as mass incarceration and environmental racism. Hazelips work forces us to look further into the cracks of our society, at the places and the people many of us pass by or ignore. His work invites the observer to activate themselves and begin to ask questions about our society and its corrupt structure. http://jessehazelip.com/

Freyr a Marie is a teacher and trans-diciplinary artist who has worked in the mediums of stilting, acro balance, queer performance, textiles and painting/drawing. Freyr's work centers vulnerability, the in between spaces, humor and grit, as means of resilience, resistance, intersectional narrative keeping and caring for spaces and places of expression and connection often left out of dominant narratives and institutional spaces. 

Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father's side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother's side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West coast of British Columbia in Canada. Having earned a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Western Academy of Photography, she works with film - 35mm, 120 and large format and has developed a new found love for the wet plate collodion process using an 8x10 camera. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture. Her work has been exhibited and recognized internationally. https://kalispitzer.photoshelter.com/index

Chip Thomas, aka "jetsonorama" is a native of North Carolina.  His life direction changed when he attended a small, alternative Quaker school in the mountains of North Carolina (the Arthur Morgan School).  He is a photographer, public artist, activist and physician who has been working between Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon in the Navajo nation since 1987.  He coordinates the Painted Desert Project - a community building effort which manifests as a constellation of murals across western Navajo Nation painted by artists from all over the world.

Thomas' own public artwork consists of enlarged black and white photographs pasted on structures along the roadside on the Navajo nation.  His motivation is to reflect back to the people in his community the love and elements of the culture they've shared with him over the years.  He sees this work as an evolving dialog with his community.   Thomas is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, an international cooperative of 30 socially engaged artists. You can find his large scale photographs pasted in the northern Arizona desert, on the graphics of the Peoples Climate March, the National Geographic Blog, 350.org, the Huffington Post and elsewhere.