In­dian sum­mer is over, long live In­dian win­ter

Pasatiempo - - Art In Review - Dou­glas Fair­field The New Mex­i­can

En­vi­sion a fa­cil­ity made up of 10-by-10-foot cu­bi­cles, each oc­cu­pied by in­di­vid­u­als— some no­to­ri­ous, oth­ers not— who may be vis­ited only dur­ing pre­scribed hours. Al­ca­traz? At­tica? Joliet? Sing Sing? No, think art — and lots of it. Fri­day to Sun­day, Nov. 27 to 29, the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts’ fourth an­nual Win­ter Show­case takes place at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Gabe Gomez, mar­ket­ing and pub­lic-re­la­tions di­rec­tor for SWAIA, more than 180 artists and ar­ti­sans will present their art and fine craft work in the cen­ter’s Sweeney Room, of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a on­estop lo­ca­tion to meet artists and see an eclec­tic group of creative con­cepts in a va­ri­ety of me­dia. Paint­ing, sculp­ture, pot­tery, photography, works on pa­per, tex­tiles, weav­ing, bead­work, bas­ketry, wood­work­ing, and jew­elry are fea­tured, along with artist demon­stra­tions, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, and film screen­ings in con­junc­tion with the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts.

“I thinkWin­ter Mar­ket is spe­cial be­cause of the in­ti­macy of the show,” said Hopi/Santa Clara Pue­blo artist Ed Kabotie, son of famed Hopi artist Michael Kabotie, from his stu­dio in Ber­nalillo. “The smaller venue and the smaller crowds will al­low for more in­ter­ac­tion be­tween artists and the pub­lic.” This is Kabotie’s first year as an ex­hibit­ing artist with the Win­ter Show­case, al­though he has per­formed at pre­vi­ous SWAIA events as a mu­si­cian.

“About two years ago, I told my fa­ther that I felt it was time that I pur­sue art as a ca­reer. My fa­ther was very sup­port­ive but stressed that ‘ art is not a ca­reer ... it’s a jour­ney.’ My per­sonal vi­sion is to ex­press the virtues of Na­tive Amer­ica through the arts. In my jour­ney, I al­low th­ese ex­pres­sions to take on var­i­ous forms: mu­sic, paint­ings, carv­ings, pot­tery, jew­elry, writ­ings, etc. I am cur­rently ex­per­i­ment­ing with pot­tery, paint­ing (water­col­ors), Hopi over­lay, and mu­sic. I am in­trigued with all th­ese pro­cesses, so I guess my fa­vorite medium is what­ever I’m work­ing on at the time.”

An­other rel­a­tive new­comer to In­dian Mar­ket is 30-year-old Zuni artist Sil­vester Hustito, who has been as­so­ci­ated with SWAIA, both for the sum­mer and the win­ter events, for two years. “Hav­ing grown up in Santa Fe, I al­ways felt [In­dian Mar­ket’s] pres­ence,” he said dur­ing an in­ter­view with Pasatiempo. “And I re­al­ized it was a big deal for In­dian artists. My­self, I’m just start­ing out.” But Hustito has started out in a big way. The first week in Novem­ber, he opened FireGod Gallery at 217 E. Palace Ave. In ad­di­tion to his own paint­ing, sculp­ture, and mixed-me­dia work, he show­cases art by about 10 Na­tive artists and plans to rep­re­sent up to 20 peo­ple next year. “My true vi­sion for the gallery is for it to be an ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment for con­tem­po­rary Na­tive art,” he said dur­ing an in­ter­view at the gallery — the walls of which are painted black. “I think the black re­ally brings out the colors of the art­work. Plus I be­lieve mine is the only gallery in town with black walls, some­thing peo­ple won’t eas­ily for­get.”

Hustito, a self-taught artist, is ex­plor­ing a num­ber of styles and tech­niques to hone his skills in dif­fer­ent medi­ums. “I’ve been through maybe a dozen styles in the past two years. I’ve done close to 200 paint­ings and 50 sculp­tures,” he said. He also re­called that his ear­li­est in­spi­ra­tion came from a book he was given of Hans Hof­mann’s Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist paint­ings. Later, he be­came en­am­ored with the work of Santa Clara artist He­len Hardin. “I was so in­spired by her fine de­tail work, which is com­mon to Zuni de­sign, that I locked my­self in my room for a year and just worked in fine line.”

Hustito’s lat­est work, a se­ries of close-up head shots of Na­tive peo­ple, are bold-color re­lief paint­ings. Their dis­tinc­tive­ness comes from con­tour lines that are carved, rather than painted or drawn, into Ma­sonite pan­els, giv­ing th­ese per­son­ages a sense of phys­i­cal­ity.

Ed Kabotie: The Par­iot Trainer, 2009, wa­ter­color and ink, 18 x 24 inches Left, Sil­vester Hustito: The Hopi Maiden, 2009, carved paint­ing on Ma­sonite, 20 x 20 inches

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