About the exhibition
Meandered features recent painting, drawing, sculpture, and video works by Denver-based artist, Steven J. Yazzie. Yazzie’s work often reflects on his shifting perception of and relationship with the landscape, drawing inspiration from personal memories and immersive experiences revisiting sites in the northern region of the Navajo reservation, in Arizona and New Mexico, where the artist grew up, or recently, traversing locations in Colorado, where the artist resides. Yazzie likens his recent practice to meandering fieldwork, where he begins his artistic research in the natural environment, allowing days-long trips into rural areas to intuitively inform how his multimedia works will unfold and take shape. Meandered is both a metaphor for Yazzie’s artistic process, and a framework for exploring the organic patterns or phenomenon in nature.
Steven J. Yazzie (b. 1970, Newport Beach, CA, lives and works in Denver) is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, video/film, and community collaborations. His work has been exhibited with prestigious institutions across the United States and internationally including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Native Art and the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM.
Leilani Lynch, MCA Denver's Associate Curator