What serves as the the fiber interconnecting humanity across space, time, and culture? GOCA’s upcoming exhibit, Lazy Stitch (May 3 -July 21, 2018 @ Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery at the Ent Center for the Arts), features contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds working together in collaboration with artist Cannupa Hanska Luger to investigate the interconnectedness of the human story. Through social engagement, public art, monumental sculpture, mural installation, photography, performance and wearable sculptural regalia, Lazy Stitch takes the relationship of the bead and the thread as its context, co-creating narrative about life on this planet.
Organizing artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, an internationally-acclaimed, primarily ceramic artist whose 3d works confront the realities of 21st century Native American identity, explains the nuances and organic ephemerality of working with clay:
“Poet Bob Kaufman wrote, ‘…Creation is Perfect…’ This phrase has been a lighthouse, a ladder, and a lifeboat in those awkward moments of uncertainty found between unwrapping a block of clay and expressing a cohesive idea. It has been a beacon to illuminate the darkness of irrational fears. A reverie that does not vouch for the product but, more importantly, the action. The process of creation is perfect and beyond that moment all things exist in a state of entropy. There seems to be a harmony between creation and destruction, one defines the other. A block of clay is destroyed to create a sculpture. It is then subjected to extreme heat, which transforms it to something fragile, that on a timeline difficult to perceive, will eventually breakdown and return it to the earth. This is not a duality and should not be perceived as linear. It is more cyclical, like the ebb and flow of tides. This is the creative process in which the artist and the form/concept can meet somewhere in the middle. Sometimes it comes easy, and sometimes it is a long and arduous struggle to achieve. The creation is made out of every experience in an entire life up until this moment, and clay. Every piece continues to take a lifetime to create, so that life itself is a material. And so, art should represent this moment in time, an interpretation of right now. What is created is an attempt to be as honest as possible. Truth is static and fragile. Honesty and sincerity has plasticity.”
Born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, artist Cannupa Hanska Luger comes from Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Luger’s unique, ceramic-centric, but ultimately multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st Century imperatives, mediation, and destructivity. Luger creates socially conscious work that hybridizes his identity as an American Indian in tandem with global issues. Using his art as a catalyst, he invites the public to challenge expectations and misinterpretations imposed upon Indigenous peoples by historical and contemporary colonial social structures.
About the Exhibition
Lazy Stitch @MWS GOCA, Ent Center for the Arts
May 3 - July 21, 2018
Organized by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger
Collaborating artists: Chip Thomas, Jesse Hazelip, Kali Spitzer, Kathy Elkwoman Whitman, 1,000 Tiny Mirrors
OPENING EVENTS | Thursday, May 3, 5 - 9 pm
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art @ Ent Center for the Arts
Organized by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, Lazy Stitch brings together five contemporary artists across land, race, culture, gender and time to investigate intersecting human experiences. The collected works explore the strength and resilience necessary to human survival. The artworks illustrate a deep connection to the land and the importance of ceremony, story and intention; they demonstrate generational respect and honor gender gradience.
Lazy Stitch threads into this emerging pattern the traumatic outcomes of extractive industry, stolen and murdered community members, and the negative implications of the prison and military industries. Through various hands-on collaborative practices, the exhibition reveals balance, dependency and intersection. Each artist works in collaboration with artist Cannupa Hanska Luger to create an intersecting narrative through the individual works presented.