YoloArts’ April Exhibition
The vivid works of artist Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie are presented in “Double Vision,” the Gallery 625 exhibition April 4 – May 2. In collaboration with the Great Plains Art Museum at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Tsinhnahjinnie offers new works derived from their permanent photographic collections. Presented alongside the historic images of photographers Laton Alton Huffman and William Henry Jackson, Tsinhnahjinnie’s exhibit is a visual homage and tribute to the Buffalo Nation/Bison Nation, that was nearly slaughtered to extinction.
The show opens Friday April 6, and will feature Tsinhnahjinnie’s work, digital images on fabric, and the original photographs of two U.S. Geological and Geographic Survey photographers from the 1870′s. The exhibition is on loan from the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis.
Using digital technology, Tsinhnahjinnie transforms vintage photographs from a muted sepia-toned palette to large panels infused with vibrant colors on shimmering poly-satin fabric. These are mounted inches off the wall, resulting in the pieces and subjects seeming to be in movement, gently wafting with the breeze of passing by.
“I scan the images for messages, intentional and unintentional. Through the photograph I am transported to consider the shifting political atmosphere, speculate about the space between the subject and the film, wonder about the intention of the image maker, and reflect upon the intention of the subject,” Tsinhnahjinnie said in an artist statement. ”It is my hope that these new works present a visual confrontation, an argument with premise that should be critically reviewed and endlessly questioned.”
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie was born in 1954 into the Bear and Raccoon Clans of the Seminole and Muscogee Nations, and born for the Tsinajinnie Clan of the Diné Nation. Raised in Phoenix and Rough Rock, Arizona, she attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, and completed her BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1981. For the next twenty years (1977-1997) the Bay Area became Tsinhnahjinnie’s home, and it was during that time she developed strong inter-tribal friendships and ties. She remains active in numerous Native organizations where, in addition to her fine artwork, she frequently undertakes portraiture commissions to document artists and events. Tsinhnahjinnie earned her Master of Fine Arts in 2002 from University of California, Irvine and is currently Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum and Associate Professor in Native American Studies, both at the University of California, Davis.
Beginning at 7 p.m., C.N. Gorman Museum curator, Veronica Passalacqua, will give a forty-five minute talk about the collaborative project and exhibition ‘Double Vision’ focusing upon the role of historical images in contemporary Native American photography and the work of Tsinhnahjinnie.
Gallery 625 is in the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. An opening reception is planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m Friday April 6, coinciding with Woodland’s downtown First Friday Art Walk and will be attended by Tsinhnahjinnie.
“Double Vision” will be on exhibit through May 2. Regular gallery viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call YoloArts at 530-406-4844, or visit the website at www.yoloarts.org.
Image: Mega Sale, 2010, Digital photograph on poly-satin fabric, artist Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie