Joe Feddersen 
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May 5 - 27, 2023
studio e gallery is thrilled to announce its representation of multi-media artist Joe Feddersen (Okanagan/Arrow Lakes). Feddersen’s first exhibition with us and in the Puget Sound since 2009 took place last spring. It’s timed to celebrate the artist’s participation in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2023 Renwick Invitational.

Feddersen (b. 1953, Omak, WA) emerged in the 1980s as part of a new generation of Indigenous artists along with colleagues such as Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Truman Lowe, Kay WalkingStick, and James Lavadour. Their generation was bolstered by a new found sense of unity and agency with grass-roots Native-run alternative spaces and community centers cropping up across the country.

Feddersen started out as a printmaker, his major at the University of Washington where he earned his B.F.A. While still grounded in printmaking’s layered imagery and processes, his repertoire has expanded to painting, photography, large-scale multi-media installations, collage, glass, and basket weaving. Throughout, Feddersen’s work explores his experiences in the world he inhabits as a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, a lineage

grounded in the northern region of the historic Plateau territory.

His work combines traditional Plateau imagery and techniques with references to the present day; geometric designs and motifs—mountains, elk, canoes, and petroglyphs—merge with geometries of the modern West—computer game animations, electrical towers, hard-edge abstraction, and graffiti. Feddersen’s work weaves its way through Indigenous thought and visual heritage, settler histories, and contemporary American art and

Since completing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, Feddersen has  regularly exhibited both regionally and nationally. Concurrently, until 2009, he taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where he is now Emeritus Faculty.  In addition to the Invitational at the Renwick Gallery, this year Feddersen’s work will be featured in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA., and Adams and Ollman in Portland, OR. In 2024 the Museum of Art and Culture in Spokane, WA, will present a major retrospective of the artist’s work. Feddersen’s work appears in numerous private, corporate and museum collections including the Seattle Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, Facebook in Redmond, WA, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

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Joe Feddersen: Recent Work, May 2023