Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art: Urban Shaman SANTA FE Gallery Satellite location, Opening Reception April 25


Urban Shaman SANTA FE Gallery Satellite location

The satellite space is hosted by Vital Spaces

Kevin McKenzie, "ASAP" April 25 to June 29, 2019

Vital Spaces at 220 Otero Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Opening Reception: April 25 at 7pm

Artist Statement
The urban environment and the cityscape are reflected in aspects of my work. Materials and process are interwoven with the narrative. Indigenous research methodologies are what inform my aesthetic. With lightning fast Internet and social media platforms it's hard for one to distinguish what is real in this day and age. Indigenous aesthetic is at the heart of my object making...in the form of simulacrum. I've replaced the real for the hyper real by utilizing latex for skin, polyurethane for bone, acrylic and neon for pigment. Indigenous motifs and iconography are ever present in my output.

Kevin McKenzie is Cree/Métis, born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan, Treaty 4. McKenzie earned his BFA and is currently enrolled in the MFA program, at the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina.

He has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Indian Art Centre, Sakewewak First Nations Artist Collective Inc. and the Department of visual Arts, University of Regina.

McKenzie has exhibited nationally and internationally, notable exhibitions include, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation II, Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He also participated in Don't Stop Me Now, National Gallery of Canada. If We Never Met, Pataka Art Gallery Museum, New Zealand. His work is represented in Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, New York.

McKenzie's artwork is represented in the collections of; the National Gallery of Canada, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Hydro Corporation, First Nations University of Canada, Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He has a permanent public sculpture in Whistler B.C. commissioned by VANOC Cultural Olympiad 2010.

Kevin currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan, where his multi disciplined art practice is constantly evolving.

Special thanks to Amber Dawn Bear Robe (Urban staff alumni and friend) for helping with this event and Vital Spaces for hosting.

Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support, throughout the year, of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts. ~Miigwetch/ Hai Hai/ Ekosi

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