John Feodorov (b. 1960, California) creates art that challenges viewers to question spirituality, identity and place. Often referencing pop culture, the artist’s compositions are collages of gestural abstraction, ephemera, and surrealist visions. Furthermore, the hybrid iconographies respond to a range of societal issues including environmental disaster, mass consumerism and post-colonial sensibility.
Feodorov is of mixed Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage. Although he grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, his family’s annual visits to the Navajo Reservation continues to inform his practice. The artist holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA from Vermont College. Recently, his work has been exhibited at the Kennedy Art Museum at Ohio University (Athens, OH), CUE Art Foundation (New York City) and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe). Feodorov’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the United States Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) and Arizona State University.
- In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Jaque Fragua takes a similarly colorful but blunt approach to the tokenization and commercialization of Indigenous communities. He wields dazzling tubes of neon to get his point across. View his work.
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Native Vanguard: Contemporary Masters26 Jul - 23 Aug 2013“People don’t call a work by Picasso a Spanish painting—they call it a Picasso” T. C. Cannon (1946‐1978) Native Vanguard presents a group of artists that epitomizes a contemporary art aesthetic and transcends cultural boundaries. The artists included have displayed through their visual art, writings and teachings that the art...