Jesse Hazelip is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist whose work confronts toxic Western cultural practices and social injustices, including the inhumanity of the for-profit prison industry, continued police brutality and the violent impacts of extractive industry on indigenous peoples and the land. Hazelip is known for his skilled drawings of various animal forms which embody concept and act to guide the public towards developing further understanding, empathy and action.
Hazelip’s practice ranges from monumental site specific illegal installation printed wheatpaste cutouts and mural installations on public walls to detailed paintings on found objects and fine-line pen and ink drawings. Hazelip also carves prison imagery and script into animal bone, creates performance and installation work and engages in long term collaborations with other artists, homeless youth and incarcerated peers. Since 2014 Hazelip has maintained an ongoing tattoo performance protest project where the artist adorns his head and face with tattoos specifically critiquing the US prison industrial complex. Hazelip holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and currently resides on the West Coast, USA. Hazelip has shown extensively at galleries throughout the United States and internationally, and his work resides in numerous private collections.
About the Exhibition
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.
Cannupa Hanska Luger, Jesse Hazelip, Kali Spitzer, Chip Thomas, Kathy Elkwoman Whitman, 1000 Tiny Mirrors
OPENING EVENTS | Thursday, May 3, 5 - 9 pm
Performance by 1000 Tiny Mirrors @ 7 pm
Gallery Conversation with artists | Friday, May 4, 1 pm (free, but pre-register requested)
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art @ Ent Center for the Arts
Generously sponsored by the CU Diversity & Excellence Fund