Crow's Shadow to welcome artist Jim Denomie


Jim Denomie (Ojibwe) will be bringing his talents, and possibly his particular brand of American Indian humor, to the Crow's Shadow Press studio this spring.

Denomie will collaborate with Master Printer Frank Janzen for a two-week printmaking residency May 16-27.

Perhaps best known for his surrealistic painting style and cartoonish, "revisionist" depictions of American Indian history and themes, Denomie has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including a 2009 Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art and a 2008 Bush Artist Fellowship.

Gail Tremblay, artist and instructor at Evergreen State University, described Denomie's work as that which both "sings and stings."

"To penetrate Jim Denomie's work and to engage with its imagery, one has to let go of all stereotypes one has about American Indians and their art," Tremblay writes in the Eiteljorg-published book "Art Quantum." "Indeed, few artists poke fun at stereotypes or at the romanticized images of 'Noble Savages' or primitive Indians with Denomie's vigor."

Along with the sometimes irreverent imagery--the United States cavalry depicted as fez-wearing go-cart drivers in the painting "Custer's Retreat," for example, or historic portrait photographer Edward Curtis as a peeping voyeur in "Edward Curtis, Paparazzi: Skinny Dip"--Denomie's paintings also employ more subtle references to ongoing cultural and political issues.

The artist will be offering a free lecture presentation, "Humor and Politics: The Art of Jim Denomie," 1-2:30 p.m. on May 21 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. A public reception also will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 26 at Crow's Shadow.


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