NEW YORK, NY.-
Twenty of Andrea Carlsons complex and layered works will be at the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Museum
in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center beginning Saturday, June 13. Carlson (Anishinaabe/European, b. 1979) is a Minnesota-based artist whose works offer a sharp commentary on museums, collections and contemporary storytelling. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 10, 2010.
Carlson is interested in the relationship between stories and objects, referring to the museum as a mythic landscape in its own right. Multiple visual references found within her work recall the numerous objects within museum collections. Her nods to cannibal exploitation films further a metaphor of consumption between the collector and collected. The exhibition will include several of her series including Aadizookaan, which refers to cycle of traditional stories and Windigo, which focuses on cultural cannibalism. The Windigo is a cannibal monster, who often misidentifies those it consumes. Carlsons recent large-scale works, including Portage and The Tempest, feature seascapes that appear like central mouths gripped within jaw-like patterns that seem to devour the viewer as well.
This exhibition marks the first time Carlsons work will be shown in New York. Her previous exhibitions include the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn., and as part of the group show, New Dreaming, at the October Gallery in London. She will also be part of Rendezvoused, a two-person exhibition with Ho-Chunk artist Tom Jones; it is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin and the University of CaFoscari (Venice, Italy) presented this summer concurrently with the Venice Biennale 53rd International Art Exhibition. She received her bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota and her master of fine arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Andrea Carlson is guest curated by Joseph D. Horse Capture (Aaninin), associate curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.