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October 19th - November 17th 2001

Please refer questions to Jeffrey Moose, 206.467.6951 or

Colville Native American Artist Joe Feddersen will exhibit a group of new monotypes and multi media prints at Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Rainier Square, in Seattle, from October 19th to November 17th. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, October 19th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

Fedderson, a 48 year old printmaking instructor at Evergreen State College in Olympia since 1989, is known for his radiant, boldly colored prints in an astounding variety of media, many of which take inspiration from traditional Colville textiles famous world-over after being

"Appropriated" and "Re-applied" by Pendelton Mills of Oregon. The depth of texture and variety of mark-making in his work betrays his status as a true master-printer. But Fedderson exceeds nearly all of his peers by his ability to fluently and effortlessly combine so many print media in a single image. If not for his "Native American" artist label and his abstract orientation he would certainly have the kind of recognition reserved for artists like Jim Dine or Robert Rauschenberg.

Feddersen's latest imagery reflects a mellowing trend and a multi-media approach that has been a growing part of his reperatoire for the last six or seven years. While past series of prints have made use of uninhibited bright colors, often used as a reflection of blanket or basket patterns, Feddersen's new works are muted and often sculptural with the addition of Chine Collé (applied bits of thin tissue-like paper, nuetral tones in this case) and Gold and Silver foil that cover, but not entirely, the bold palette beneath leaving just enough tantalizing pigment to tease the eye.

The last six months has brought Mr. Feddersen the kind of momentum most artists only dream of: residencies, portfolio collaborations, fellowship grants and aquisitions. He has been included in no less than six exhibitions, including shows at the University of Arizona where he worked with original Tamarind grad Jack Lemmon (Landfall Press) and a stellar cast of native artists, The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, one of the three top Native museums in America, where he was one of two artists to receive a large fellowship grant, the Jan Cicero Gallery (Chicago) where he was part of a group monotype show, the University of Colorado, Boulder (visiting artist), and Rutgers University in New Jersey (visiting artist).

more examples by Joe Feddersen


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