NATHAN YOUNG EXHIBIT OPENING AND RECEPTION: INFINITE PEYOTE ROAD
Special event / Runtime: 15 min. / Video Art Installation
Artist: Nathan Young
Event info: Join us at Circle Cinema as we kick-off the 2017 Tulsa American Film Festival with the opening of Nathan Young's multimedia exhibit, followed by reception, sponsored by the Tulsa Office of Film, Music Art & Culture. See the video art installation and the art exhibit in the lobby while enjoying snacks and refreshments at this FREE EVENT. Additional support from Oklahoma Center for the Humanities.
SYNOPSIS: Infinite Peyote Road (for Harry Smith) is a multi-media installation consisting of video projection, photography, and prints. The video projection presents Native American Church (the peyote religion) members practicing peyote music. The videos have been slowed down to a fraction of their original speed, the slowed down sound is then altered and re-inserted back into each video as ethereal droning music. As the slowed images of the singers take on the characteristics of a painting or a photograph, viewers can examine coded and improvised ritual items on the screen - a box of Marlboros by a drum in place of sacred tobacco, a Pittsburg Pirates hat with its iconic P to reference peyote. Much like the expositional work by early 20th century Native American painters like the Kiowa 5 (many of whom were peyotists), these images document an era of American Indian religious practice.
The photography and prints of Infinite Peyote Road utilize the artists own personal family photos, found photography, original photography and various experimental print making methods. Digitally altered images of now deceased Road Men (Native American Church ceremonial leaders) sit next to the found image of a peyote meeting held in a prison. The printed works in the installation consist of imagined and re-imagined logos of Native American Church chapters.