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  • The Future is Present, 2015. Steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool, canvas, wood, tin cones. 19.25 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson.

  • Make Me Feel It, 2015. Glass beads, steel and brass studs, quartz crystals, wire, wool, wood, artificial sinew. 21.5 x 41 inches. Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson.

  • Can You Feel It?, 2013. Found vinyl punching bag, wool blanket, glass beads, tin jingles, artificial sinew, acrylic paint, steel hardware. 16 x 32 x 16 inches. Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson.

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Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition at A. Lange & Söhne’s Madison Avenue shop

A. Lange Söhne, one of the most famous watchmakers in the world, dedicates an exhibition to American artist Jeffrey Gibson, on view at the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship store, New York, until the end of August, 2015. The exhibition, which is held in conjunction with the Marc Straus gallery, focuses on the artist’s latest works that bring together traditional Native American Crafts with contemporary art and pop culture. Gibson has prepared for the occasion a series of impressive beaded wall hangings that are inspired by the rich textiles and elaborate blankets originally used as robes or to adorn animals and horses. The artist takes the colorful textiles out of their original context, decorating them with embroidered slogans and song lyrics, among them “The Future is Present”, “Make Me Feel It” and “Every Little Bit Counts”, opening an interesting dialogue between tradition and innovation, past and present.

Gibson was born in Colorado, but during his life he has lived in countries as different as Germany and Korea. His various trips around the globe and his nomadic lifestyle are present in his works, which are also influenced by queer culture, fashion, politics and music. Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, and one of his aims is to question the stereotypes related to Native American Art. “I am proud of my origins, but it means that I also have had to negotiate what being Native American means to other people all of my life. My work is heavily influenced by the aesthetic histories of many different tribes and specific artists, how that work has been collected and exhibited, and many of my material and format decisions are drawn directly from these histories,” Gibson recently told The Wild magazine. His intricate works stand as reminder of what has been and what is about to come, putting emphasis on the individual’s role in an ever-changing society and how our present actions shape our future. Standing somewhere between an activist statement and a call for social progression, Gibson’s work is a mystery to be experienced.