September Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, September 27
DANCING EARTH – Santa Fe, NM
DANCING EARTH is the nation’s foremost Indigenous contemporary dance ensemble, recognized with the National Museum of American Indian’s Expressive Arts Award for their innovative creative process that respects, embraces and expands the context of Native culture into vital contemporary relevance.
We balance a commitment to share dances with regional, national and international communities at venues as varied as festivals , Universities , elementary-high schools, Native wellness gatherings, youth leadership symposiums, art museums , desert canyons , dried river beds, and symposiums for social-environmental justice. DANCING EARTH inspires creativity and cultural consciousness through community art practice, energetic dance training workshops, site specific rituals and full length eco-productions.
In every aspect of artistic collaboration – including dance, choreography, music, costume, lighting, video, stage managing – DANCING EARTH gathers Indigenous collaborators. In September at SFAI, we will be preparing our new eco-production for premiere at the Lensic Theater : “Walking At The Edge Of Water”, created at the urgings of Native grandmothers who ask us to make work that brings awareness to the need to heal waters – of our bodies and of our planet.
“We strive to embody the unique essence of Indigenous worldview by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion. We gather to create experimental yet elemental dances that explore contemporary identity and reflect the rich diversity of our cultural heritage .We are passionately committed to indigenous contemporary at the core of building community, as a vital force that can serve to illuminate issues of cultural, historical, philosophical, environmental, mythic, and spiritual relevance.”
Jane Deschner – Billings, MT
A feature article on Jane Waggoner Deschner’s embroidered found photographs appeared in Fiberarts, fall 2010. In 2010, her work was in “Ucross: Twenty-Seven Years of Visual Arts Residencies,” Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; “connective threads,” Brooklyn, NY; “Sensational Remix,” Syracuse, NY; and “Zone: Embroidered Digital Commons,” Manchester, UK. In 2011, she had solo exhibitions at the Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, and Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. She has been awarded residencies/fellowships at VCCA, Ucross, Banff Centre, Jentel, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Ragdale and The Creative Center, NYC. She is on the Montana Arts Council. Her work is in the collections of Federal Reserve Banks in Minneapolis, MN, and Helena, MT; University of Montana; Montana State University-Billings Foundation; Yellowstone Public Radio; Nicolaysen Art Museum; Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT; and individuals in the US and in South Korea. Deschner lives in Billings, Montana and earned an MFA from Vermont College, 2002.
Ingrid Duch – Odense, Denmark
The City of Odense is my place of birth and is still my permanent base. I graduated from the Odense Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, after 5 years of studies primarily in painting and graphic arts. After graduation I spent two months in Paris. Looking back I can see that it was here in the ethnological museums I began a life-long search for motif and content in my work. It was a revelation. The expression in the patterns, the accuracy of depicting animals and creatures born in dreams and fantasy was overwhelming. During my two extended stays in Egypt on stipends for a total of two years in 1988/89 and 1991/92 I practiced in Cairo and Alexandria, connected to the Art Academies in these two cities. I concentrated on the art of the Pharaonic period as well as early Coptic art. In Alexandria, the intercultural influences between the Mediterranean cultures became the main goal of my work. During my stay in Egypt I planned and realized exhibitions in Cairo with my own work as well as other artists.
Back in Denmark I continued to establish myself in my atelier where I integrated my experience from Egypt into my work. This work has lead to many exhibitions and the sale of most of my work to private collectors and many reviews in the Danish press. I have been included in most of the Danish artist yearbooks. Continuing my search for new impulses, I have been in Istanbul, southern France, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona as well as the northwestern USA and Canada.
A significant period was the three years, 1988-2001, when a colleague and I established and ran the Pavilion, a summer cafe and meeting place for hundreds of people in the cultural scene. The Pavilion was subsidized by the City of Odense.
As an active member of The Print Workshop of Fyn I explored the many techniques and have exhibited in many venues. My work is exhibited in traveling exhibitions in various countries. I have held classes in some of the places I have visited. My connection with the Odense Museum of Art has included teaching aspirants for the Art Academy and participating in special exhibitions.
Lori Esposito – Providence, RI
Lori Esposito is interested in transgressing such divisions as between body and drawing, psyche and lines, symmetry and psychological states, sitting and impermanence, experience and form. Growing up in a bi-racial, bi-coastal family meant navigating a complex terrain of social, environmental and economic perspectives. While shifting between Caucasian and African American cultures, she came to understand the world as one place with gradient rather than fixed boarders. Her practice has formed from an interest in the way social understandings are constructed. Denying the boundaries of separation of a textual understanding of the world, Loris drawings are an attempt to model her perception of a borderless terrain, one where the uniqueness of difference is preserved. These underlying abstract principals are explored through primal communication and body movements recorded as gestures that transcend time and space. She seeks to reveal the state she has come to believe we all inhabit.
Jack Gray – Auckland, New Zealand
Jack Gray is an independent freelance dance artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently a choreographer and dancer with Atamira Dance Company (which he founded in 2000) and is focused on his choreographic development of “Mitimiti” as a future full-length theatrical collaboration. Jack is a seasoned indigenous dance performer and was promoted to Co-choreographer for the Whare Tapere Project 2012 – a pre-European Maori traditional house of joy and entertainment. Over the years, his involvement in indigenous collaborations has seen him choreograph at the 2005 Asia Pacific Young Choreography Project in Taiwan, performing with Atamira Dance Company in Hawaii, New Caledonia and Australia in 2008-9, and participating as a dancer and workshop leader for the Indigenous Choreographic Laboratory in Broome, Western Australia in 2010 before hosting this event in Auckland in 2011. Last year Jack won the prestigious AMP National Scholarship Award as a leader in the field of Maori Contemporary Dance and Choreography that has enabled him to travel to the USA for the opportunity of cross cultural exchange of ideas, methodologies and practices with other indigenous groups.
Nathan Pohio – Christchurch, New Zealand
Nathan is an artist working in video and other photo-media. Often working with found/gifted material’s embraced into his video and photographic work Nathan often stirs around the touchy topic and idea of colonization, something he considers to be constantly before him as he passes backwards through time into the unknowable future. Nathan is currently employed as an Exhibition Designer at The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, is a Board Member of The Physicsroom, a contemporary project space in Christchurch and recently graduated his MFA in Film at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch.
Nathan employs absurdities sourced from his ‘bi-cultural inheritances of the everyday’. Typically Nathan’s work involves a humour that has poignancy while historic references and practices found in the cinema are employed to present his ideas. His work has been acquired by Te Papa Tongarewa, The Christchurch Art Gallery and The Queensland Art Gallery and private collections within New Zealand.
Amoung other groupd and solo shows Nathan was part of the New Zealand Art focused exhibition ‘Unnerved, The New Zealand Project’ touring from G.O.M.M.A. Brisbane to N.G.V. Melbourne 2010 – 2011.
Kerry Rodgers – Claremont, CA
Kerry Rodgers is a photographer and painter who explores humanitarian themes in her work. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1998 and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. At Claremont she received a Friedman Grant, a Walter/Parker Merit Fellowship, and the Karl & Beverly Benjamin Award. Her work has been shown in a group exhibition curated by Ali Subotnick (from the Hammer Museum) at the Art Platform Contemporary Art Fair in Los Angeles as well as at other Southern California venues such as the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and the Foundation for Art Resources. Kerry has been a volunteer teacher at San Quentin State Prison and for Zanmi Lakay in Jacmel, Haiti.