Monday, September 21, 2015
Norman Akers: Contested Territories
The Percolator Art Space is proud to present, “Contested Territories” by Norman Akers. This exhibition opens at the Percolator Art Space on September 25 for a Final Friday art reception, and Norman will give a gallery talk at 6:30 pm. The exhibit runs through October 24, 2015.
This exhibition consists of 20 monoprints that explore issues related to an ever-changing political and cultural landscape in the Americas. The prints make use of layered imagery, including early European prints and altered maps to create an alternate landscape. Prof. Akers’ work addresses the impact of colonialism in the Americas exploring issues related to identity and place. The vocabulary of our time with words such as indigenous, native, outsider, illegal alien, and immigrant are used to define people’s relationship to place. The complexity of defining home, with the notion of belonging to or claiming a place in a shifting historic and political landscape has deeply influenced this body of work.
Prof. Akers is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Kansas. As an Osage artist, Prof. Akers reinvents what it means to be a cartographer through paintings and prints whose nonlinear map images range from names of states, roadway lines, tribal oral histories, and flora and fauna. These qualities converge to express both a personal and cultural exploration in reclaiming a sense of place and home.
Prof. Akers will give a gallery talk entitled, “Experiences of a Native Artist in the Mainstream” at the Percolator Art Space at 1 pm on Saturday October 17th. This talk focuses on issues related to identity, stereotyping, and expectations in the art market.