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Nathan Young: Night Music of the Southern Plains American Indian
November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Nathan Young: Night Music of the Southern Plains American Indian. This exhibition will begin with a special outdoor performance on Friday, Nov 2 at 7 and 8 p.m. by Southern Thunder. Gallery installations featuring a video of the performance, objects, and artwork will be on view from Nov 6 – Dec 8. The exhibition will close with an additional event score performance with special guests, including KCAI students, in the gallery on Friday, Dec 7 at 7 p.m
Nathan Young (born 1975, Tahlequah, Okla.) is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation, socially engaged art and experimental and improvised music. Nathan’s work often engages the spiritual and the political and re-imagines indigenous sacred imagery in order to complicate and subvert notions of the sublime. Nathan is a founding and former member of the artist collective Postcommodity (2007-2015). He holds an M.F.A. in Music/Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts and his bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma. He is an active member of the Delaware, Pawnee and Kiowa tribes.
Beyond his interest in sound (music, noise, drone), Young’s practice is informed by the intersection of his familial and personal experiences with policy development before and after the Indian termination era (1940’s-1960’s), including the reorganization of tribal governments, the sovereignty project that ensued and the rise of the tribal corporation-nation hybrid. Young, whose parents participated in the re-vitalization of the Native American Church in the 1970’s and 80’s, practiced the same peyote religion as an adult. His current practice operates from the condition and experiences as an artist and as an elected member of the Delaware Tribal Council. At times his work characterizes the at times surreal, complicated, confusing and sometimes darker side of the American Indian experience. Young’s work has been displayed around the globe on many occasions in both solo and group exhibitions. Recently, Young participated and presented collaborative sound, energy and radio wave experiments with artist, Kite (aka Suzanne Kite) at The Initiative for Indigenous Futures residency program. He was also one of 12 artists selected in 2016 for the inaugural class of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a Tulsa-based artist recruitment and multi-year residency program funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Regarding his scored works, Young states, “Whenever I’m thinking about these, I’m thinking about the poetics of space and movement and how to create something new with community. I’d like for mine to be performed, but they don’t have to be—it already exists because it’s a poetic gesture.”
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