Two Kinds Of Power

Artist Carl Beam
Medium Serigraph
Classification printmaking
Dimensions 76.2 x 55.9 cm; 92 x 72.4 cm (framed)

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Ojibwe artist Carl Beam revisits and reimagines complex histories through the juxtaposition of both found and personal archival photographs. By suturing together temporally disparate images through serigraphy, Beam forms connections through time that provoke and unsettle. Fictions and facts coalesce in his montages, shifting the act of looking from passivity to activity. The stacked images of an electricity meter and raven that comprise Two Kinds of Power, bring contrasting motifs within Western and Indigenous thought into direct dialogue. Beam challenges the viewer to consider both the interplay and incongruity between the material and spiritual worlds.