"The Ultimate Warriors" and "Dana Claxton; Revisited"
PAVED Arts and AKA Artist Run
May 19 -- June 27 and May 16 – June 20, 2015
Opening Receptions May 29, 7pm
In "the Ultimate Warrior" at PAVED Arts, multimedia artist Bear Witness mines our media environment for pop cultural images of First Nations people as depicted in film, television and through the internet. In his work he remixes such representations in a variety of ways, producing visual and sonic variations that on the one hand act as a political indictment of racial profiling and the stereotypes that circulate at large, and on the other hand express mesmerizing confabulations that situates his work as something new. While mainstream media images of First Nations often constitute a form of cultural appropriation, Bear Witness engages in an emotive counter-appropriation, taking possession of the images in order to break with the structures of such representations.
At AKA Artist Run, "Dana Claxton; Revisited" features a two channel installation that addresses the issue of land and the indigenous body specifically in the Plains region:
”I’m influenced by my own experience as a Lakota woman, as a Canadian, a mixed blood Canadian, and then my own relationship to the natural and supernatural world. So taking that whole bundle of experiences, it all goes in to the artwork, I think that’s where the multi-layering comes in because I’ve had a very multi-layered life. And it’s all those experiences that go in to the work.” – Dana Claxton, 2007
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