Addison Rowe Gallery
Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)
Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight) This ongoing multimedia project by Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain investigates urban indigeneity, ceremony, tradition, landscape, spirits, light, and photographic mediums. LaFountain creates ghostly images using long exposures to burn the pathway of her performances and personal ceremonies along with the movement of celestial bodies into the photographic frame. The work spans across a range of photographic media including photography, film, video, installation, and performance. All of the images and effects are created in camera without the use of digital manipulation. Most of the work is shot on film. LaFountain uses the work to explore Ojibwe, her tribe’s traditional language. The titles are Ojibwe with English translations. Funding provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Echo Park Film Center, and California Institute of the Arts. Reviewed in the Santa Fe Reporter: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-11365-she-creates-beauty.html Exhibitions: Zohi Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, ongoing since August 2017 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2017 Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, March 2017 Weingart Gallery at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, March 2017 Addison Rowe Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 2016 Staff Art Show, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, September 2016 SOMArts, San Francisco, CA January 2016 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Fall 2015 (View Museum Website)
Shekhinah/Manidoo Giizis, which translates to Spirit Dwelling (in Hebrew)/Spirit Moon (in Ojibwe, my tribe’s traditional language), is a multimedia installation that explores moon cycles around Los Angeles, the city I currently call home. The title refers to the Kabbalistic idea of feminine divinity in the imminent world, which is represented by the moon. Two 16mm film loops, and an audio tape loop made by my collaborator Jon Almaraz, make a sculptural presence in the space, physically reaching across the room and to the ceiling. The projectors are set up at opposite sides of the room facing each other so that the viewer sees the projected image next to a projector. The film is a timelapse of a moonrise shot from my balcony in Echo Park. The difference between celestial beings and man made lights becomes hard discern as planes mimic lightning bugs or shooting stars and the moon can be mistaken for a helicopter. One projector plays the film forward as the moon rises and the other plays in reverse to create a machinemade moonset. This installation served as my MFA thesis for the Photography/Media Program in the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts.
My Ghost Dance, Scavenged and Bartered