Gallery 901 is proud to announce our upcoming exhibition featuring artists Harriet Tsosie and Marwin Begaye. Opening reception August 21st from 5-7pm.
Tsosie will exhibit a series of acrylic paintings from her "Migration" and "Linguicide" series. The “Migration” works were inspired by a musical composition by renowned Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai.
As Indian people we are quite good at making our world beautiful. This aesthetic Inheritance has dominated my work as it has developed from purely objective images, dancers and portraits, to the abstract work referencing my community and our ceremonial life ways. This need to make things beautiful comes to me from a long line of artists in our family who live to achieve hozhó, the Navajo concept of being centered in beauty. I noticed the prevalence of birds within our traditional practices. I began observing the birds that visited my home, feeding them, and giving them my attention. As I worked my way back to the center, the birds have guided me on my journey. The result, of course, is that they’ve worked their way into my imagery as a series of woodcuts and paintings. This continues to be relevant for me artistically and personally.
Marwin Begaye is an internationally exhibited printmaker, painter and nationally recognized graphic designer. As Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma. His research has been concentrated on issues of cultural identity, especially the intersection of traditional American Indian culture and pop culture. He also has conducted research in the technical aspects of relief printing and the use of mixed-media. His work has been exhibited nationally across the U.S. and internationally New Zealand, Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, Siberia and Estonia. He has received numerous awards, including the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition Fellowship, First Place at the Red Earth Festival and The Best in Category in Contemporary Painting at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, and has been featured in many publications.