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Studio 238: Contingent Beings, The Works of Cannupa Hanska Luger - Opening Reception
May 05, 2017

Studio 238: Contingent Beings, The Works of Cannupa Hanska Luger - Opening Reception

Thank you to everyone who helped us welcome Cannupa Hanska Luger on May 5th for the May installment of the Studio 238 monthly exhibition series.

For Cannupa Hanska Luger, the act of coaxing his fragile ceramic sculptures from the inert mass of the clay block is part of the process of creation, a cycle of generation and destruction. Its harmony depends upon decline and rebirth. its perfection resides in this process of creative entropy. For Luger, artist and inchoate concept meet within this poetic tension between creative act and entropy. The result is the sculptor’s world of clay-fired figures whose cryptic narratives recount indigenous myths and misconceptions. They are contingent beings: dependent, at risk from monsters, capable of heroism, and always seeking truth. Luger’s ceramic figures evoke a fragile perfection achieved by contingent beings in touch with the earth, in dialogue with the world.

Artist Biography:
Born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, artist Cannupa Hanska Luger comes from Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Luger's unique, ceramic-centric, but ultimately multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st Century imperatives, mediation, and destructivity. Luger creates socially conscious work that hybridizes his identity as an American Indian in tandem with global issues. Using his art as a catalyst, Luger invites the public to challenge expectations and misinterpretations imposed upon Indigenous peoples by historical and contemporary colonial social structures. Cannupa Hanska Luger is a recipient of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship Award and has participated in artist residencies and lectures throughout the Nation. Cannupa Hanska Luger is represented by Blue Rain Gallery and currently holds a studio practice in New Mexico.