28 Jul Jeffrey Gibson | Native American Art for a New Generation
When you think about Native American art I’m willing to bet it’s visions of Kachina dolls, woven rugs, artifacts and ceramics?
In one glance, artist Jeffrey Gibson shatters that vision into a million pieces. Half Cherokee and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, his particular style of abstract contemporary Native American art is intense, witty and engaging.
Rather than simply exploring and rehashing the heritage of his ancestors, Gibson uses his cultural history as a springboard to a much deeper conversation. Working with a variety of mediums ranging from cowhide to old painted canvases, beading, studding and other traditional crafts, he fuses Abstract Expressionism and street vernacular with Native art for something wholly original.
Case in point these intricately beaded punching bags and dolls, which eloquently bridge the gap between visceral and lighthearted. These are not your mother’s Dream Catchers.
This Is Our House, 2014
found vinyl punching bag, glass and plastic beads, artificial sinew, brass and steel studs, wool military blanket, acrylic yarn, steel chain
42″ H X 14″ W X 14″D
Here It Comes, 2014
Deer rawhide, glass and plastic beads, wool blanket, beetle wings, artist’s own repurposed painting, artificial sinew, Drusy quartz, steel and brass studs
37 ½” H x 13 ½ “ W x 6 ½” D
Hit That Perfect Beat, 2014
found punching bag, repurposed wool blanket, glass beads, steel studs, tin jingles, nylon fringe, artificial sinew, steel chains
H= 81″. W= 13″, D=13″
Eternal Return, 2014
wool army blanket, glass and plastic beads, acrylic yarn, rawhide, goat fur, quartz crystals, tin jingles, steel and brass studs, artificial sinew, nylon thread, metal wire, steel rod, found rail road tie (pine)
86″ H x 27″ W x 14″ D