News for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Visual Artist Ehren Kee Natay in Residence at SAR

Too Many GloomsToo Many GloomsEhren Kee Natay. "Too Many Glooms," 2012.Too Many GloomsEhren Kee Natay. "Too Many Glooms," 2012.The School for Advanced Research (SAR) welcomes Ehren Kee Natay, who is Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Diné (Navajo), as the 2014 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, Ehren Natay is a true child of the digital age. He is a two-dimensional designer and painter, working with computer graphic technology and traditional hand-painted imagery. His visual art creations reflect his interests in television, gaming, cartoons, and especially comic books. While he uses vibrant colors for his paintings and t-shirt designs, Natay is careful to recognize that each hue carries a symbolic meaning and is meant to invoke an emotional response. Each line and color has a distinct purpose.

His project at SAR is to complete imagery that portrays a lunch-time feeding at a pueblo feast day. This pueblo ritual often includes outsiders and on-lookers, allowing the audience to feel as though they are invited guests at a table at which a unique cultural exchange is taking place. This project will progress from hand-drawn sketches and observations, to detailed, single Adobe Illustrator components allowing for infinite possibilities of placement, scale, and color. The layout complete, Natay will transfer the image to a tangible surface.

A longer term goal for Natay is to focus on the role of the artist/curator (himself) in shaping relationships with artists, artworks, exhibition spaces, and audiences to better understand his responsibilities to his community, himself, and his artistic vision. With relationship being the driving theme, he explores his own heritage with the goal of creating art to honor it.

Natay is a multimedia artist, a professional musician, dancer, teacher, and actor. He has won awards from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Native Treasures Fine Art Show, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Artist Designed Collection Fellowship at the Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).

Ehren Kee Natay will be in residence from September 2 to December 1, 2014.

Please join SAR for a public presentation, reception, and open studio for Ehren Kee Natay.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Place: SAR Board Room and Dubin Studio (660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe)
Admission: free
RSVP to (505) 954-7205 or iarc[at] by Monday, November 17, 2014.

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