‘Jeffrey Gibson: Infinite Indigenous Queer Love’ Opens at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts
Jeffrey Gibson is master of myriad mediums. Painting, sculpture, Southeastern river cane basket weaving, Algonquian birch bark biting, porcupine quillwork. The variety reflects and draws from his diverse background: He’s of Choctaw-Cherokee descent and gay. This mélange comes together beautifully in “Jeffrey Gibson: Infinite Indigenous Queer Love,” at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Among the approximately 20 works in the show—an assortment of collages, large-scale mixed media, and performance videos, plus a 21-foot-tall ziggurat installed outdoors—are a trio of vibrant hanging sculptures. The tall, 6-foot-square columns are composed of tens of thousands of lengths of the same fringe often used in Indigenous dance regalia, in a rainbow of radiant colors derived from the palette of sunsets and desert skies. The result is a merging of hard-edge shapes and soft, craft-based materiality. “These forms,” Gibson says, “look toward the future with hopes of establishing a different conversation regarding what indigeneity could look like.”
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