abstract image; thin arcing forms with Native American motifs; light blue arc in URQ; green forms in ULQ and LLC

%C2%A9 Alex Janvier

Turntable Bird, 1975

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Gift of Tamara and Michael Rootexpand_more  2014.96.3

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A member of the Denesuline (Dene)/Salteaux people, Alex Janvier says that he “asks permission from the canvas” before beginning his work. Seeking permission from objects, animals, people, and environments before engaging with them is a touchstone of the Dene philosophy, honoring relationships and affirming reciprocal respect between people and those they interact with.

The bold lines, shapes, and colors in this image may seem quickly made, but they are deliberate and carefully placed. Turntable Bird reflects Janvier’s deep and ongoing knowledge of landscape and geography. His work also echoes traditional beadwork featuring blossoming flowers.

Details
Title
Turntable Bird
Artist Life
Cold Lake First Nations Dené and Saulteaux First Nation, born 1935
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.96.3
Provenance
Michael and Tamara Root, Minneapolis (until 2014; given to MIA)
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abstract image; thin arcing forms with Native American motifs; light blue arc in URQ; green forms in ULQ and LLC

© Alex Janvier

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