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Meet 2015 Fellow Da-ka-xeen Mehner

by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Nov 11, 2015

Over the next few days, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga'a). You can read more about the artist and his work in Da-ka-xeen Mehner: Looking into Himself by Aldona Jonaitis in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

Da-ka-xeen Mehner
(Tlingit/Nisga'a)

Da-ka-xeen Mehner

My work is driven by a need to find my place in the world today. I examine historical material, culture, systems placed upon Native people and contemporary cultural constructs to create work that comments on these themes.

Dakaxeen Mehner-Call and Respond 1&2 (detail)
Call and Respond 1 & 2 (detail), 2014
Wood, rawhide
Collection: Eiteljorg Museum
Photography by Hadley Fruits

I weave a personal narrative and historical forms together to deconstruct the past and create the artist space for future work.

dakaxeenphoto
Language Daggers, 2012
Steel
Courtesy the artist
Photography by Hadley Fruits


I am constantly striving to learn from the artwork itself. The creative process is a journey of self‐discovery, and I am always amazed at what I find.



CONVERSATIONS
runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

Friday, NOV 13
Opening Celebration!
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

Contemporary Arts Party
8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Click here to purchase your ticket.

ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”
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