Yup’ik/Inupiaq sculptor Drew Michael returns to Stonington Gallery with a small new body of work in winter 2018, kicking off our new year of exhibitions. Michael received a major and prestigious grant at the end of 2017, spurring the creation of new sculpture in his Alaska-based studio and a reinvigorated commitment to his sculptural practice. The works in “Shadows” will continue his evolving explorations of the intersections between traditional Native Alaskan art, what it means to be a contemporary Native Alaskan, Christian iconography, queer identity, and material culture.
Exhibition Dates:February 1, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Drew MichaelWhispering SpiritsWood, Nails, Laminated Wood, Acrylic, Feathers
Drew MichaelKey to LifeBasswood, Rabbit Fur, Leather, Acrylic, Charring
Drew MichaelWinter’s SpiritBasswood, Ash, Feathers, Acrylic, Stain
Learn more about Drew Michael by reading his bio, his 2016 exhibition catalog, or watching a video:
On Drew Michael’s work:
On “Aggravated Organizms”, an exhibition of large mask forms representing challenges that face all Alaskans that toured through Alaskan communities for three and a half years, before undergoing a ritual transformation through burning outside the Anchorage Museum in 2016: