Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, Presents Michael Horse
In Sedona, Arizona Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is thrilled to welcome back Michael Horse who is widely recognized for revitalizing interest in the “ledger art” style of Native American painting. His watercolor paintings, which pay homage to this two-dimensional, reservation-era style and make often pointed statements of their own, have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., The Heard Museum in Phoenix and, in 1997 Michael Horse had a 20-year retrospective of his work featured at Los Angeles’s Southwest Museum. Now, twenty years later, Michael Horse continues to lead the field in exploring, with ever-evolving nuance, what has come to be acknowledged as a type of “internment art” - from an era of struggle and transition which continues to echo across generations.
Michael Horse describes ledger art paintings as a type of Native American folk art which started in the mid1800's and was traditionally an art form of the Plains Indians. The images document what was going on in "Indian Country" from a Native perspective. Today, Michael Horse adds to the experience of the ledger art images he creates by working diligently to obtain authentic documents from the reservation era to use as specifically selected backgrounds. An 1880 payroll ledger from the Union Pacific Railway now hosts Indians on a buffalo hunt racing across the plains even as a coal-powered passenger train races above them. An empty ledger page from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1890s is now backdrop to a school mistress giving instruction to a student named “Medicine Pipe” who appears as two figures: one in the traditional clothing in which he arrived, the other, with shorn hair, in the school uniform into which he was made to transition.
From a talented family of jewelers, potters and painters, Michael Horse has also become an exceptionally skilled jeweler who creates both contemporary and traditional designs. He is particularly known for his extraordinary sterling silver with turquoise katsina pendants, cuffs and rings.
Mark your calendars and stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening, December 1st, to meet Michael Horse and hear his Artist Talk at 5:45 in which he shares his inspirations, techniques and the lineage of ledger art.
“Michael Horse: Life on Ledgers” runs through December.
Visit www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona; or follow Instagram.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallery. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.
“Iron Horse” by Michael Horse, 17”h x 28”w, watercolor on vintage document. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.
Harvest Katsina Pendant by Michael Horse, 3”h x 1.5”w, Morenci turquoise and sterling silver. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.
|Event Date||12-01-2017 5:45 pm|
|Event End Date||12-31-2017|
|Location||Turquoise Tortoise Gallery|