John Feodorov (born 1960) is of mixed Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage, Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family's land on the Navajo Reservation. The time he spent with his grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon New Mexico continues to inform his work. Feodorov is interested in creating art that both engages and confronts the viewer; often utilizing pop culture detritus, as well as sound and video, to create works that question ideas and assumptions about Spirituality, Identity and Place.
His work explores the longing for spiritual (re)connection that can be easily exploited by charlatans, corporations and political forces. In addition, his paintings and drawings are experiments in creating hybrid mythical iconographies that respond to issues such as environmental disasters, consumerism, and post-Colonial identity.
- 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.
- Contemporary artist John Nieto also inspires fresh perspectives on Native iconography in his startlingly vivid paintings and prints. View his work.
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...