A monumental patchwork wolf, warriors grappling with a fang snake, and an abstract wool rug made from restored blankets are made up of One / other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, that opens this weekend in Denver Art Museum. The expansive exhibition of 26 mixed media sculptures, installations and wall hangings connects two of the leading indigenous artists who work today in a way that distinguishes both the threads and nuances in their works.
In the center of the room is the 16-foot creature the couple created together by making about 700 patterned headscarves that were filed around a steel armature by an international crew. The collaborative installation entitled “Each / Other” physically ties the individual works of art by Watt and Luger together, making use of the socially engaged aspects inherent in both practices.
Based in New Mexico, Luger is a multimedia artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, and European descent whose projects often address contemporary life in indigenous communities. For example, his 2018 piece “Every One” lined up 4,096 ceramic beads to create a pixelated portrait of a young figure. Each sphere represents one of the women, girls, queer and trans people who were murdered or disappeared in Canada.
wattA member of the Seneca Nation with Scottish and German heritage, uses everyday objects steeped in historical narratives and collective memory. The Portland-based artist works primarily with materials sourced from the community, such as blankets sewn together in sewing circles.
After his run in Denver ended on August 22nd Each other will visit them Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta from September 25th to December 12th 2021 and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem from January 29th to May 8th 2022. Find out more about Luger and watt on their websites.
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