What serves as the the fiber interconnecting humanity across space, time, and culture? GOCA’s upcoming exhibit, Lazy Stitch (May 3 - July 21, 2018 at GOCA’s Ent Center for the Arts space) features five artists whose bodies of work across various media explore this question using the concept of the bead as unifier.
Chip Thomas is not only an artist, he’s also an activist and a physician who’s spent decades living and working with the Navajo. His dramatic use of black and white photography has garnered worldwide recognition.
“Though a native of North Carolina, I moved to the Navajo nation in 1987 to work as an Indian Health Services Physician, where I continue to work and live. During this time I have taught myself black and white photography and work in my homemade darkroom(…) Working on the Navajo nation has proved to be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding experiences of my life. I’m indebted to the Navajo people for the life lessons they’ve taught me. The images presented here are drawn from my experiences of the last 15 years.“
The Painted Desert Project, perhaps Thomas’ best-known body of work, marks the desert with huge, printed photographs mounted on the sides of abandoned structures. The striking juxtaposition of large-scale portraits and landscape creates a profound visual impact, one that emphasizes the struggles of the Nation and personalizes its sprawling, 27,400 square-mile territory. The Project is just one of many ways that Chip continues to make an impact in his community, nearly three decades later.
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, 1000 Tiny Mirrors
OPENING EVENTS | Thursday, May 3, 5 - 9 pm
Performance by 1000 Tiny Mirrors @ 7 pmGallery Conversation with artists | Friday, May 4, 1 pm
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art @ Ent Center for the Arts
Generously sponsored by the CU Diversity & Excellence Fund
Five contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds work together in collaboration with artist Cannupa Hanska Luger to present a new exhibition that investigates 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.