The Native American Art Exhibition explores contemporary ideals and traditional roots
By Jennifer Rae Palmer
Whitethorne is aware of the huge change Native American art has seen throughout the years. He credits this to a more aware generation of artists, a more open-minded society, and to the idea that Native Americans have moved beyond the Southwest. Native Americans aren’t living in a controlled environment in the world—they’re becoming recognized as artists outside of the Southwest and even outside of America.
He enjoys playing with vibrant colors, geometric shapes and intangible figures. Maktima mixes colors and textures with familiar Native American forms to create gritty and distorted images. Each piece has its own myriad of textures which form shadows across the canvas, a useful tool to keep the viewer’s gaze scanning the piece, searching for something new.
And Always Herding Sheep in a Forever Changing Landscape by Jeremy Singer.
Comment: Interesting what's on the left representing the nontraditional Native future. A section of the Yellow Brick Road, I presume. Bambi's dead mother. Galactus, the comic-book cosmic entity, drawn as a little space alien. And a red light, which may mean electricity or radiation (or stop...danger).
For more on modern Native art, see Yepa-Pappan's Star Trek Painting and Two Views of The Way of the People.