__MAIN_TEXT__
feature-image

Page 1

NORMAN AKERS: Halfway There

SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART


NORMAN AKERS: Halfway There SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.221.2626 | sherryleedy.com Front Image: Different Directions Catalog Design: Allison King

1.


NORMAN AKERS: Halfway There September 4th - October 24th, 2020

Norman Aker’s paintings and prints seek to engage the viewer in important contemporary issues. Aker’s Osage identity and culture shape the visual narrative of personal and cultural survival expressed through his use of color, line and form. Aker’s deeply felt concern regarding removal, disturbance, and struggle to regain cultural context, is carried by a vocabulary of images and symbols drawn from his Osage heritage and life experience. Tribal oral histories, maps, art historical reference and nature form Aker’s visual dialogue as he explores and continues the Native American storytelling tradition. Ancestral tribal stories are expanded with new and emerging stories that serve as allegories of transformation in an ever-changing world. Current issues in the news, the concept of borders, immigration and the migration of people are current events working their way into Aker’s work. Especially in his prints, we find the question of the identity of the “other” entering into the visual discourse. Personal content has expanded to engage with current social issues as Aker’s explores the relationship that exists between fact and fiction, mirroring the present moment and echoing the past.

3.


Arrival II Monoprint 10” x 8”

4.


5.

Different Directions Monoprint 9.75” x 7.5”


Looking Monoprint 10.25” x 8”

6.


7.

Retribution Study Monoprint 10” x 8”


Orange Elk Monoprint 10” x 8”

8.


9.

Reconstructing Arrival Monoprint 10� x 7.5�


Crying Elk Oil on canvas 78” x 68”

10.


11.


Invisible World Lithograph Ed 1/20 19.75” x 16”

12.


13.

Tears to Water Lithograph Ed 1/20 21” x 16”


Little House Effect Lithograph Ed 1/20 21.5” x 16”

14.


15.

Passing Through Lithograph Ed 1/20 19.5” x 16”


Drowning Elk Oil on canvas 78” x 68”

16.


17.


Dark Reign Lithograph Ed 3/20 20.75” x 16.5”

18.


19.

Bridge Lithograph Ed 1/20 19.5” x 16”


Framed by History Lithograph Ed 1/20 20.5” x 16”

20.


21.

Alien Conquest Lithograph Ed 1/20 20.5” x 15”


Internalized Stories Lithograph Ed 2/20 21.5” x 16”

22.


23.


Dripping World Oil on canvas 78” x 68”

24.


25.


Border Patrol II Monoprint 10” x 8.25”

26.


27.

Obstacles Monoprint 9.5” x 8”


Shadows of Old Money Monoprint 9.25” x 8.25”

28.


29.

Two Places Monoprint 9.5” x 8”


Uncertain Light Monoprint 10.75” x 8.5”

30.


31.

Trying to Go Backwards Monoprint 10.75” x 8.25”


Red Land in Darkness Monoprint 10.75” x 8.5”

32.


33.

Occupation Monoprint 11” x 8”


AKERS, NORMAN R. Education M.F.A., Painting, 1991 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Certificate in Museum Studies, 1984 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM B.F.A., Painting, 1982 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO Employment History Director, Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2012-2019 Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2009 - Present Affiliate Faculty, Indigenous Studies Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2012 - Present Solo Exhibitions (selected) Halfway There, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2020) Norman Akers: Printed Borders, Phoenix Gallery, Lawrence, KS (2019) Norman Akers: Contested Territories, Percolator Art Space, Lawrence, KS (2015) Survey, Mingenback Gallery, Lindsborg, KS (2013) Starting Point, Alice Campbell Alumni Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (2009) New Works by Norman Akers, Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM (2008) Two or Three Person Exhibitions (selected) Narrative Borders, Akers and Avrett, Hazel Modella Gallery, Stillwater, OK (2018) Norman Akers and David Long, Mindfire Academy, Wichita, KS (2013) Cause and Effect: Norman Akers and Hoka Skenandore, Berlin Gallery, Heard Museum Shop, Phoenix, AZ (2011) Group Exhibitions (selected) Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue | The Daniel E. Prall Collection, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM (2019 -2020) Rural/Urban Invitational Art Exhibit II, Volland Store, Alma, KS (2019 -2020) Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS (2019)


Stories from the Land, Mingenback Gallery, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS (2019) Revisions: Contemporary Native American Art, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2019) (RE)CLAIM: Indigenous Artist Reflect on Identity, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (2019) In/Sight, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2018) Native Lifeways on the Plains, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX (2018 -2019) Contemporary Prints: A Selection of Recent Gifts to the Museum Collection, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA (2018) Plains Indian Art: Created in Community, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK (2017) Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2016) Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmakers, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK (2015 -2016) An Evening of Redness in the West, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM, (2015) Permanent Collections Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO Library of Congress, Print Collection, Washington DC Arrowhead Stadium Art Collection, Kansas City, MO Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City, MO Art in the Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Yerevan, Armenia Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL Fine Arts Center, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, WY Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK Osage Nation Tribal Museum, Pawhuska, OK Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Santa Fe, NM National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY Sinte Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM School of Business, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM


SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.221.2626 | sherryleedy.com

Profile for Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Norman Akers "Halfway There" 2020  

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded