Duane Slick

Interpreting the Night

Interpreting the Night

Work Details

Interpreting the Night

2021

Acrylic on linen

42 X 60 inches

Inventory ID: #16898





    About Duane Slick

    Chiaroscuro welcomes back to the gallery, Duane Slick (Meskwaki/ Ho-Chunk Nations). We showed his work for years in the early 2000's, and are presenting a series of ten paintings from his Coyote Mask series.

    Duane Slick’s acrylic paintings blend the subjects of oral and visual Native American traditions with a focus on trickster strategies and modernist/post-modernist painting histories. His black and white series of American flag based paintings (2010-2012) titled; The Untraceable Present, explored the contradictions and legacies of Native American identity in the grand narratives of American history. He is the recent recipient of a research grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation with collaborator and Wash U Alum (2000), Martin Smick. A collaboration described as partnering with a third and silent partner: Museum collections specific to Native American culture. Their Mellon project is titled: My Teacher is a Lizard; Decolonizing Curatorial Practice.
    Duane Slick's most recent solo exhibition at Chiaroscuro is on view August 12 - September 10, 2022. Slick’s narrative abstraction is direct and personal.The paintings slowly and clearly speak to deeply ingrained Native American storytelling. Combining geometric abstraction and representative images of coyote heads, corn and wheat stalks, rabbits and birds, the work connects not to the specific figures, but to a state of mind, a direct connection to something larger than us.

    Slick was born in Waterloo, IA, and is of Native American descent, a member of the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa and his mother is from the Ho-Chunk Nation of Nebraska. He earned his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa, an MFA from the University of California, Davis, he also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe NM and is now a Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the School of Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe, NM.

    Slick has lectured at colleges and universities across the US and his work has been exhibited widely – most recently in a national touring exhibition titled; “Native Art NOW!” organized by the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis and “Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades Of Native Painting at the National Museum of the American Indian. His work is included in collections at The Des Moines Art Center,The Decordova Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the RISD Museum among many others.

    All Works by Duane Slick

    Interpreting the Night

    Interpreting the Night

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    42 X 60 inches

    Inventory ID: #16898

    The Warehouse of Human Knowledge I

    The Warehouse of Human Knowledge I

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    42 X 60 inches

    Inventory ID: #16899

    Predecessors

    Predecessors

    2019

    Acrylic on linen

    50 X 40 inches

    Inventory ID: #16900

    A Voice from the Prairie Grass

    A Voice from the Prairie Grass

    2017

    Acrylic on linen

    39 X 27 inches

    Inventory ID: #16902

    The Garden

    The Garden

    2017

    Acrylic on linen

    36 X 24 inches

    Inventory ID: #16903

    Utterance in Black & White

    Utterance in Black & White

    2016

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16906

    Full Title: Notes on the Wendigo: A dream of the First Light
    Coyote Stone

    Coyote Stone

    2016

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16908

    Full Title: Notes on the Wendigo: A dream of the First Light
    Red Eye

    Red Eye

    2020

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16910

    Sorrowful Eyes

    Sorrowful Eyes

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16911

    The Wise Guy

    The Wise Guy

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16912

    A Knowing Disbelief

    A Knowing Disbelief

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16914

    A Thought Consumed

    A Thought Consumed

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16915

    The Coyote Makes the Sunset Better

    The Coyote Makes the Sunset Better

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16917

    Epic Sundog in Red

    Epic Sundog in Red

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16918

    Epic Profile in Red

    Epic Profile in Red

    2021

    Acrylic on linen

    14.5 X 11 inches

    Inventory ID: #16919

    Full Title: Notes on the Wendigo: A dream of the First Light