Continuum Basket Series

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Gerald Clarke Jr.
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Inspired by the history and beauty of the Cahuilla coiled basketry tradition, this series of works seeks to connect ancient and contemporary Cahuilla artistic production, while also expressing the reality of social and health issues impacting Cahuilla communities today.

Why did I use aluminum cans?

Much of the work that is considered Native American art is typically Pre-Columbian depictions that lack contemporary imagery and validates the stereotypical idea of what America wants to beleive about Native peoples/cultures. Romatic images that allude to pre-1880's tribal identity. To avoid this, I'm using crushed aluminum soda and beer cans to oppose this historic urge; this work is undoubtedly a contemporary work.

"... using soda and beer cans is the acknowlegment of the impact of alcoholism and diabetes on Native communities today..."

Another important aspect of using soda and beer cans is the acknowlegment of the impact of alcoholism and diabetes on Native communities today. Both of these diseases have impacted my family and have shaped who I am today.

My sketch and beginning of "Continuum Basket: Pivat".
"Continuum Basket: Pivat" installed at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The first "Continuum Basket" currently in the Idyllwild Arts Foundation Collection.
"Continuum Basket: Flora" is currently in the Autry Museum Permanent Collection in Los Angeles.

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