Joe Feddersen, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, returns to Froelick Gallery with Charmed, an exhibition of new glass and print works. Feddersen has developed a broad personal iconography that straddles traditional Native imagery and the commonplace sights of everyday contemporary life. Electrical towers, parking lot lines and flat screen televisions- alongside deer, canoes and tipis- are reduced to sharp graphic forms.
This body of work includes blown, mirrored and etched glass vessels which reference basket forms of the Northwest tribes. Spray-paint adorned monoprints suggest petroglyphs and graffiti. The centerpiece of the show is Charmed, a large-scale installation of many small charms of fused glass, which will be suspended from the gallery's ceiling at various heights. Viewed together, these individual pieces will form a dense but transparent barrier or curtain. They will interact with one another, clinking and reflecting light like a chandelier or wind chime, casting a mutable shadow of many shapes on walls and floor. Earlier iterations of Charmed have been exhibited at the Sun Valley Art Center, Sun Valley, ID and the C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis, and will also be shown at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, in January and February, 2014. Charmed marks Feddersen’s eighth solo exhibit at Froelick Gallery.