Mixed Media

Jack Abraham

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I came into being in the winter of 1955 but did not come into the world until the summer of 1956 on Nelson Island in southwest Alaska, in a fishcamp called Umkumiut. I'm guessing it had to be pretty damn cold for my dad to come home from hunting and trapping for the oppurtunity for me to be concieved. I say that because if there was even the slightest chance for him to be in the wilderness he loved so much or to catch something to eat to feed someone, he would never come home. I still marvel at how he and my mother had to live in that time. It is with his ingenuity to survive and my mother's capacity for unconditional love and humor that I do my best to do the same, to survive, love and keep my sense of humor no matter what happens as this world changes. Otherwise, I am lost and all their love and efforts will have meant nothing. I do my work as if they are there to see it.

I have made a lot of fun art, some nice music, and am still writing stories. But what makes feel best is that I am now a father to three grown beautiful daughters and Ap'a to three handsome grandsons. I am indeed one lucky old fart.

Da-ka-xeen Mehner

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E-mail: da-ka-xeen@da-ka-xeen.com
Website: Da-ka-xeen.com

Education:
07 MFA in Native Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
03 BFA in Studio Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
92 AA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe New Mexico.

Awards:
11/07 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award
8/07 Alaska Native Arts Foundation CAPS Grant
10/06 Gutsy Artist Award for “Weapon of Oil” in the 64th Parallel Juried show

Mixed Medium: Fairbanks Artist's Work Fuses Contrasting Materials, Experiences and Messages from the Anchorage Daily News
Search for Cultural Identity Leads to Art

Clarissa Rizal

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“I view myself as a contemporary traditionalist, creating works in the “now” branching from traditional art forms, always acknowledging my Tlingit heritage. The Future will protect my work if it “feeds” others, inspires others." - Clarissa Rizal

Clarissa Rizal, is a Tlingit artist and Cultural facilitator. Her work has been featured in prestigious galleries including the Stonington Gallery and the Quintana Gallery. Over the course of her career she has produced work of the highest quality in the form of carvings, silk screen prints, paintings, collages, woven baskets and robes, button robes, beadwork, and regalia design. She teaches weaving workshops, and is active in non-profit activities to promote the arts. She is presently pursuing a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Art.

Lillian Pitt

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"Regardless of the medium, my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals. This maintains my link with tradition and acknowledges the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world."

"I use the ancient stories of my ancestors as a basis for the imagery I create. By doing this I maintain the memory of an ancient culture and keep the beliefs of my people alive. We have forgotten how to live in harmony with nature. Accessing this vast reservoir of traditional information and translating it into contemporary terms jogs our memories and provides points of reference to achieving balance within ourselves, our community and the world. My ancestors have a 10,000-year history in the Columbia River Gorge. Much of my work has to do with the preservation and care of the environment along this ancient waterway."

Jason Lujan

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Mondrian predicted the disappearance of the autonomous art object and felt art would focus on the arrangement of space; I focus on arranging information and cultural signifiers.

I am interested in the transformation and hybridization of cultural data in contemporary society and global communities. My work is cross-disciplinary, and I consider the challenges of working in different mediums important in order to best communicate my ideas using the most appropriate means.

Jason Lujan, a Chiricahua Apache, was born in Texas and has lived in New York City since 2001. He received his MFA in 2001 from University of Colorado, Boulder.

http://www.jasonlujan.com/
http://www.iaia.edu/museum/vision-project/artists/jason-lujan/
http://www.maverick-arts.com/cgi-bin/MAVERICK?action=article&issue=232

Nicholas Galanin

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Culture cannot be contained as it unfolds. My art enters this stream at many different points, looking backwards, looking forwards, generating its own sound and motion. I am inspired by generations of Tlingit creativity and contribute to this wealthy conversation through active curiosity. There is no room in this exploration for the tired prescriptions of the "Indian Art World" and its institutions. Through creating I assert my freedom.

Concepts drive my medium. I draw upon a wide range of indigenous technologies and global materials when exploring an idea. Adaptation and resistance, lies and exaggeration, dreams, memories and poetic views of daily life--these themes recur in my work, taking form through sound, texture, and image. Inert objects spring back to life; kitsch is reclaimed as cultural renewal; dancers merge ritual and rap. I am most comfortable not knowing what form my next idea will take, a boundless creative path of concept-based motion.

John Feodorov

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My work meanders around meaning and identity and the ways we seek to locate them within our lives. Sometimes this search can seem like an act of desperation—a longing for a Something, an Other, that may or may not exist. I think that my paintings and drawings are a reflection of how I try to balance this subconscious longing within my own life. Intentionally ambiguous and dreamlike, they imply a meaningful narrative that often does not exist outside the mind of the viewer. Ultimately, my hope is that they act as catalysts for critical thinking and meditation. The installations, assemblages and video works on the other hand can be interpreted as failed attempts to resolve the contradictions between a desire for a sense of “authentic” connection with growing global capitalism that promotes and feeds off of social and spiritual alienation.

Rick Bartow

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Rick Bartow (born 1946 in Newport, Oregon) is a Native American artist of Wiyot and Yurok (Native American groups indigenous to Humboldt County, California) heritage. He works in sculpture, print, etching, monotype, ceramics, mixed media, and painting.

He believes everyone is given a gift and his is making marks on paper.

“That’s what the creator gave me to do,” Bartow said during a lecture at the Missoula Art Museum. “And I don’t pretend to understand it.”

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