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Crossroads: Chris Pappan, Starr Hardridge, Frank Buffalo Hyde, and Ryan Singer

February 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Crossroads, a nod to the distinct regions that each artists hails from, the individual style they each work in, and the intersection at which they all come together; Crossroads is what is fresh in Native art. Each artist expresses their Native American heritage with stunning visuals:

Chris Pappan—who is of Kaw, Osage, and Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux heritage—uses mixed media to create contemporary ledger art that pushes established boundaries explored previously with this medium.

Starr Hardridge, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, was raised throughout central Oklahoma. His paintings are influenced by pointillism as well as southeastern woodland beadwork. Hardridge is known for his colorful, geometric compositions and the miniscule dots of paint that closely resemble beadwork.

Popular culture and observations from life inform the artwork of Frank Buffalo Hyde. Painting is his opportunity to comment on what he sees and experiences, to call out stereotypes, and commenting what is wrong in the world, simply by putting it in front of our noses. Hyde shows us what is relevant, what is important to him. Frank Buffalo Hyde was born in Santa Fe and then raised on the Onandaga reservation.

Ryan Singer further adds to this dynamic grouping of artists with his pop realist portrait paintings of Native Americans, or his Star Wars themed paintings that weave Native culture and childhood memories into the familiar narrative and character cast. Singer is largely informed by popular culture and science fiction. His work is included in the Indigenous futurism movement. Singer is Navajo, is working on finishing his fine art degree, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Pappan, Hardridge, Hyde, and Singer have each found unique and effective ways to express their personal and universal truths. Each artist has a lot to offer the viewer.


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Santa Fe, 87501
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