Collaboration ‘Each / Other’ exhibited until August
“Each / Other” is the first exhibition to present the works of contemporary Indigenous artists Marie Watt (Seneca, Scottish, German) and Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, European) together and will be conducted by the Denver Art Museum. through August 22 – a perfect show for viewers of all ages and in Colorado or anywhere else in the world.
The exhibit is contained in the size – 26 mixed media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works, as well as a large artist-guided community art piece also called “Each / Other”. Check out new works now – which are part of a whole new genre and perhaps later in the fall, plan to visit the familiar Native American collection when it reopens to consider possible connections …
The two artists focus on collaborative artistic creation in their practices, but this exhibition is the first time they have worked together.
Andrew W. Mellon, Curator of Indigenous Arts at the Denver Art Museum, John Lukavic writes in his catalog the introduction of a “seed” planted in his mind at a late-night art event in Manhattan where the two artists were. present and met for the first time.
“Family is a deep bond … an essential part of Watt and Luger’s practices and this is what has helped them develop deep bonds with each other and with me,” he writes. “They create and amplify platforms for shared experiences … When we see collaboration in these broad terms, our eyes are open to the land, the animals and the processes we sometimes collaborate with without knowing it – or even harm. “
Watt, who lives in Montana, had been Artist in Residence at DAM in 2013, running quilting circles and exploring textile art from his unique perspective on collaboration …
Luger, a resident of New Mexico, also had a history of collaborative work, including a floor-to-ceiling piece, “Every One” (2018), created with large clay beads, each individually created to represent the one of the many missing and murdered natives. women, girls and transgender people in Canada.
Lukavic started to think of a collaborative show as he enjoyed the lively crowd and we are lucky to see the result!
Catalog author Jami Powell describes his initial difficulty in placing these artists in predetermined categories of Indigenous art.
“By anchoring their work in indigenous understandings of place, relationality and materiality, Watt and Luger reject the historical categorization of Western art and argue for a consideration of art as inseparable from our humanity,” writes- it. “While we tend to think in terms of reserves, almost 80% of us don’t live on one,” said Powell, speaking of a new space they are creating with other contemporary artists. of BIPOC.
The centerpiece of this exhibition is a participatory sculpture, also called “Each / Other”, a large wolf, with a skin sewn from hundreds of bandanas, brought by more than 700 people who answered their call.
According to the catalog, “Contributors were instructed to take a bandana-sized piece of fabric, fold it into a triangle, and embroider a word, message or visual sentiment that is meaningful to them during this. period of the COVID-19 pandemic, and mailing their creation to artists. They were sewn into a giant animal skin at Portland Garment Factory, a woman-owned and environmentally conscious manufacturing studio. It was then draped over a frame created by Neal Fagan from the artist’s drawing. On site, Watt and Luger “welded the head, hand-sewn the bandana submissions onto the wolf’s body and incorporated the ceramic eyes, bringing this monumental canine figure to life.
It is described as “Steel, wool, bandanas and embroidery floss 12 x 20 x 9 ft (approx).”
Plan to visit this wolf this summer:
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Ave. Parkway (just west of Broadway). Covered parking, at the 12th arrondissement as well as neighborhood spaces. Open every day. Ticketing.