Henderson Fine Art Gallery
Jan. 10 - Jan. 31, 2014
Reception: Jan 10 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Art Gallery.
San Juan College presents contemporary art works of Marcus Cadman
The San Juan College Art Department will present the contemporary Native American art of Marcus Cadman from January 10-31 in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The show, titled Game Changer: Contemporary Paintings & Sculptures of Marcus Cadman (Navajo/Kickapoo), depicts Native American life in today’s world. An opening reception will be held in the HFAC Art Gallery on January 10 from 6-8 p.m.
Cadman’s work often incorporates a variety of media such as acrylic, pencil, watercolor, ink and colored pencil. Collage is also used frequently in Cadman’s work including objects like old photographs, cloth, buckskin, money, bingo sheets and pages from the Bible in Navajo and English. Cadman believes that the use of these materials thrusts upon the viewer the differing images and realities of the modern world and tribal world.
Cadman’s works can be best described as modern and edgy with a splash of popism. His works are recognizable images with social commentary that are colorful, proactive and humorous.
“My work is about depicting and chronicling Native American life today,” Cadman said. “I am painting my time in history. I let no social, political or religious standards interfere with this process.”
Cadman’s lineage descends from the Kickapoo tribe of the Great Lakes region and the Navajo tribe of the Southwest. He grew up with his father creating simple drawings from pen and paper that helped him uncover his own talent for drawing. But it was the readings of Joseph Campbell in a community college course that opened Cadman’s eyes and heart to the world of the Sacred. That experience along with some painting, color theory, figure drawing and art history courses, helped carve his own personal style of painting.
“Some of my paintings are my interpretations of history, fueled by personal feeling,” Cadman said. “Others have to do with my experiences of growing up between American culture and Native Cultures. And yet, others portray free association that I conjure up.”
Cadman currently makes his home in Shiprock.
For more information about the exhibit, call Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464.