The essential issues I work toward resolving are indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition. Throughout my analysis of American history and post-colonialism thinking that influence my work, I constantly question and disrupt social norms, popular culture references and historic narratives in relation to indigenous people. By looking towards the past, I’m able to trace the source of issues that plague Native American communities today, and work towards creating an awareness of histories and interactions between contemporary America and a seemingly distant culture. Much of these question arise inherently by living in the environment that many indigenous people face; growing up on a reservation, omissions of relevant history in education, and subtle cultural influences.

A major theme of my work is indigenous mythology. The stories that influence my imagery serve as a method of looking into the minds of my ancestors and getting a glimpse of their views and values. These images provide an alternative to the testimony of western histories and religions. While preserving cultural identity in these stories, I am also able to defend the land we all occupy, giving it spiritual recognition and presenting our environment in an importance that is not so different than ourselves. On the most fundamental level, myths explained the uncertainties of nature and the chaos that controls our lives. While science has resolved many of our curiosities about natural phenomenon, the question of identity still remains unsolved. In an environment that seems so eager to move past conflicts of race and such far-away histories, myth grants a sense of community and place in the universe.

Using digital photography, I create images that reference the most common depict of indigenous people, the cinema. Utilizing its ability to charm and influence the viewer through curiosity and pleasing lighting, I attempt to create conversations about uncomfortable themes of post-colonialism in a Hollywood film style.

 

What Now?

Living and working in Southampton, New York on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

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Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990, Southampton, New York)

Education

2016           MFA, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2013           BA in Studio Art, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY

Solo Exhibitions

2016          Pauppukkeewis, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2012           Dreams, Tabler Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

Group Exhibitions

2016            SWING state, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                    What Keeps You Up at Night?, SPE MCC Portfolio, San Francisco, CA

     Truth and Reconciliation in Concert, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

     Tradition & Innovation, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

     Odd Couples, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

     Broad Horizons,Hump Day Gallery, State College, PA

     The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Enrichment Program, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

2015          Instinct: Why did you make that?, The Parliament Gallery, York, PA

     New Directions, Fraser Street Gallery, State College, PA    

     Why Are You Here?, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

     Graduate Research Exhibition, Hub Gallery, State College, PA

     Lucid Dreams, Fraser Street Gallery, State College, PA

     First Year MFA Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2014          Intertribal Arts and Cultural Showcase, NY

     ECNU Resilience, East China Normal University Gallery, Shanghai, China

 

Residencies

2017          Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

Watermill Center, Watermill, NY

2016           Saltonstall Artist Residency, Ithaca, NY

     Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Awards

2016          Harpo Native American Residency Fellowship

     SPEMA Student Travel Grant, 2016 SPE National Conference, Las Vegas NV

2013          Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Purchase Award

2008          Native American People Scholarship, Stony Brook University

 

Collections

CHROMA

New York State Museum

Graeme Sullivan

Aaron Ziolkowski