The Alyssa Hinton exhibition and book launch, Earth Consciousness and Cultural Revelations (preview at magcloud.com/browse/issue/1254092) continues through September 25 featuring The Awakening and Ancestral Spaceship series. The exhibition is open daily by appointment. For further information and to plan a visit, contact the Gallery, 802-257-7898.
Using vibrant colors that awaken the soul, mixed media artist, Alyssa Hinton, illustrates a theme of cultural reawakening and regeneration through her unique southeastern Native American imagery. Her work is a provocative portrayal of the folklore and history surrounding her roots, utilizing tradition and vision with a contemporary edge.
Internationally trained, and of mixed heritage, Alyssa draws on an eclectic background. This has allowed her to create art with universal appeal, investigating on many levels and challenging conventional parameters of “expected” Indian imagery. Her recent themes reflect an attempt to untangle a complicated web of events pertaining to the displacement of her Tuscarora (Eastern North Carolina) and Osage (Missouri/Kansas) ancestors.
These narrative earth-conscious works speak to the preservation of both the ecology and indigenous spiritual traditions. They bring to light aspects of a distinct but under-represented southeastern Native experience, one whose basic worldview is rooted in ancient Mississippian mound culture. On a more personal note, by uncovering what has been denied or seemingly lost, the work also chronicles the artist’s “inner restoration”.
Current and recent artwork by mixed media artist Alyssa Hinton explores her indigenous heritage especially her Tuscaroran ancestry. Her multiracial background reflects the hybrid quality of her art-making approaches include installation, sculpture, collage, assemblage, patchwork quilting, fiber appliqué, painting, drawing, block prints, photo-to-collage, and digital composite. Exhibition and book launch is at C.X. Silver Gallery on view daily by appointment (call in advance to arrange a visit 802-257-7898). Three years in the making, her Earth Altar was inspired by Native American astronomy, cosmology and earth spirituality and and by traditional hide garments. Symbolizing the revival of Indigenous culture and the unity and interdependence between humans and the universe, the five pieces of the Altar are an octagonal medicine wheel encircled by four free-hanging ‘Power Dresses,’ wearable medicine wheels, designed to show the horizon line between the earth and sky.
The Awakening series reflects her connection to, and reverence for, the natural environment and the mysteries of the cosmos, each artwork a ‘visual soul,’ and ‘a window through which we can look inward and outward at the same time.’ The Ancestral Spaceship mixed media assemblage series develop imagery relating to the creation stories and ceremonial/seasonal cycles of her Indigenous ancestors with a message of connectedness to the earth and being part of the universal dialogue of environmental responsibility. Alyssa attended The Putney School, which her grandmother founded. Her great grandfather mathematician George Boole of Ireland from whom we now have Boolean Algebra. Her mother’s side are of African and Native American ancestry and she now lives on land in North Carolina on which some of those ancestors were once slaves and before that linked to the Tuscaroran civilization dating back more than 600 years, this and her art, the subject of her her own website.
The multi-layered collage epitomizes arguments increasingly put forward by Native writers, artists, intellectuals, and nations: like other Indigenous writing systems, they assert, earthworks and their encoded knowledge have been ‘asleep’ rather than ‘dead.’ Dormant but alive, they have waited to be awakened by descendants of their makers finally free to re-approach and even to remake them, finally freed of the psychological fetters of an internalized colonialism that has undervalued Indigenous technologies and ways of knowing. Earthworks have been waiting, they assert, for old scripts to be reactivated, for new scripts to be written and performed. A time of waiting appears near an end, near the beginning of a new cycle. That time of new beginning is now.
– Chadwick Allen, University of Washington
My mixed identity is a blueprint for the hybrid approach I use, where I can mix and match at will. The work encompasses a wide variety of mixed media formats: photo-collage, digital composite (combining hand rendered art and digital tools), assemblage, patchwork quilting and fiber appliqué. … It is the summation of a 20-year journey of inquiry and a deep excavation of information …
– Alyssa Hinton
C.X. Silver Gallery at The Colonial Theatre
Le Xi Recent Video Art: Attuning the Poetic-Bridge
Reception/Viewing/Discussion: Le Xi’s Video Installation Art – Aug 18+19 evening at The Colonial Theatre’s gallery space.
Le Xi approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces. His exploration is an attunement and blurring of the boundaries between substance and shadow, reality and imagination, art and life, as energized by rhythm and movement.
Please join us Friday August 18th, 7-9:30pm, at the Colonial Theatre Gallery, 95 Main Street, Keene, NH for a reception with artist Le Xi (Lee Xi) to view and discuss his recent video art work. Le Xi’s installation exhibition in the Theater’s gallery space is open to the public Friday and Saturday August 18th and 19th, 6-9pm.
The reception will take place in the gallery space adjacent to the Colonial Theatre’s marquee, fronting Main Street. There will be installation video projection installations both in the gallery space (entrance to the right of the Theatre marquee) and in the space outside of the basement level stores that flank the Theatre entrance, 89½ and 93 Main St (Turn It Up! and The Barbery).
Contemplating the transition from the mechanical to the biological, Le Xi experiments with technology to explore the space between the object and shadow, in which he believes art exists. His source material includes the unbroken procession from day to night, the cycle between sunlight and the world of electricity, and the dramatic relationship between structure and sensibility created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action. During the day he follows the structure of the world as defined by shadows. At night, he conceives power over shadow by controlling illumination. The result of these investigations is a disregard of the boundaries between substance and shadow, and time and space. His work suggests the struggle between the limitations of life and its limitless perception, attuning the poetic-bridge between reality and imagination, dealing with such questions as what is the gap between them.
Le Xi explains: “Energy fuels the mystery of life from the water wheel and car wheel to the CD ROM and the i-Phone. Energy sparks the foundation of cycles, the thrusting out and coming back from the artificially produced worlds and Nature; from physical energy to mental energy. For people attuning to this energy, through yoga, the Internet, t’ai chi, channeling the qi, or whatever way, being in this energy stimulates the imagination, expands one’s boundaries, and even provides mental evolution. I appreciate that Poetry is a bridge over nothingness to allow the sharing of different imaginations and to free up singularities. I seek to abolish the separation between poetry and mass communication, to recover the power of media from the merchants and return it to the poets and the sages. Following Motion and Energy of Chi as trails left by others in space, I live to view these trails, by catching its e-motion and movement and experiencing the Memory of Trails.”
Based in Chongqing, Vermont and New York, Le Xi grew up in China. He trained at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1991. He has a MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York and is on the faculty of Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts. In 1994, he began to paint the “atom, molecule and surprise” project. This project expressed the idea that people stay together while experiencing the shift between the biggest surprise and biggest loss, because of the three gorges Dam project, which started in his city. As part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Le Xi’s video installations have appeared in China, the United States, Italy and Denmark.
For further information contact 802-257-7898 or message to 802-579-9088 and visit cxsilvergallery.com/le-xi.