Last Gun

2019_Terran_Last_Gun_Headshot

Photograph by Samantha Tracy


Biography

Terran Last Gun (b. 1989) is a Piikani (Blackfeet) visual artist and printmaker. Sahkyiinamahka (Last Gun) spent his formative years living in Browning, Montana, where the Rocky Mountain Front meets the Great Plains. As an enrolled citizen of the Piikani Nation in Montana, who are members of the Blackfoot Confederacy that includes the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani nations of Alberta, Canada, Last Gun is continuing on an ancient Indigenous North American narrative. He often references the visual iconographic vocabulary of Blackfoot painted lodges to explore the varying relationships between nature, sky, cultural narratives, and recollections that are interpreted in reduced geometric aesthetics and vibrant color harmonies.

Last Gun received his A.S. degree from the Blackfeet Community College in 2011, and his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016. He is a recipient of awards from the First Peoples Fund, 2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship; Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 2016 Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Artist Statement

My artwork is a visual interpretation of nature, the cosmos, cultural narratives, and recollections in reduced geometric aesthetics and vibrant energetic color harmonies. Often referencing Piikani painted lodges and visual iconographic vocabulary, my work explores the varying relationships between color, shape, nature, and sky. Piikani or Blackfoot painted lodges are visual masterpieces of the Great Plains and are pre-European invasion classic art. Painted lodges depict the world in which we live, through geometric geological landmarks, figurative animals, and the above world that connects us to Natosi (Sun). In my varied approaches to making art—printmaking, painting, photography, and ledger drawing—my work connects the ancient to the contemporary, and reaches beyond, all while creating visual color stimulation.

With an emphasis in printmaking and the technique of serigraphy, I am revealing fragments of time, history, and Indigenous Abstraction that has been in North America for tens of thousands of years. I am working with an Indigenous aesthetic, which has been overlooked, appropriated, and shadowed since the Great Invasion, and that I am in the process of reclaiming, restoring, and reinvigorating. I am creating a New American and Piikani art form that is equally inspired by painted lodges, ancient art, and nature as it is about geometric abstraction, minimalism, pop art, and op art. My current body of work explores and visually dissects the three visual tiers of most Piikani painted lodges with a focus on the top and bottom zones, and the various narratives that accompany them and connect us to the land and sky. My work is bold, vivid, even humorous at times, and has minimalism qualities that are potent in meaning, content, and place.


CV

TERRAN LAST GUN

Piikani (b. 1989), Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico

EDUCATION

2016 BFA, Museum Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2016 AFA, Studio Arts, Institute of American Indians Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2011 A.S., Environmental Science, Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Terran Last Gun: Color Play, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Store Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2020 Terran Last Gun: Paper Bags, Hecho a Mano, Santa Fe, NM

2019 Terran Last Gun, LOOM Indigenous ArtGallery, Gallup, NM

2019 Terran Last Gun,Hecho a Mano, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Terran Last Gun: New Views, VQ Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Terran Last Gun, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Store Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Regalos: Small Works Show, Hecho a ManoSanta Fe, NM

2019 Obsession, Light Art Space, Silver City, NM

2019 IM:Edge Contemporary, SWAIA Indian Market, Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

2019 The Young Americans, Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, UK

2018 Story Maps Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2018 IMPRINT, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2018 IMPRINTmobile, Axle Contemporary / Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2018 IM:Edge Contemporary, SWAIA Indian Market, Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

2018 DNA: Visual Experience, Gold Crush Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2018 Exquisite Corpse Spectacular, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Lost Coast, Etiquette, Santa Fe, NM

2017 Spring Art Show, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016 The Art of Change: Indigenous Peoples for Climate Justice, IAIA Library and Technology Center, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Medicine Spring Library Art Show, BCC Library, Browning, MT

2015 We Are Still Here, Hatch Gallery, Spokane, WA

2014 AIHEC Art Exhibit, IAIA Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 The Earth Was Like New, Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Medicine Spring Library Art Show, BCC Library, Browning, MT

LECTURES 

2019 Visual Arts Lecture Series (VALS), Bennington College, Bennington, VT

2019 Artist Talk: 2nd Look, on 2nd Street, LOOM Indigenous Art Gallery, Gallup, NM

2019 Artist Talk, Hecho a Mano, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Artist Talk, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Store, Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Brown Bag: MoCNA Collaborative Mural Project, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2017 Artist Presentation, The Piegan Institute, Cutswood Language School, Browning, MT

CURATORIAL

2017 IN CONCLUSION: IAIA 2017 BFA Exhibition, Co-curator Samantha Tracy, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Divergent Views, Co-curator Samantha Tracy, AHA Progressive Arts Festival Guest Curator, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Transforming Landscapes, Senior Thesis Exhibition, IAIA Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Art in the Raw, IAIA Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2017 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Local Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe, NM

FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

2020 First Peoples Fund, Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, Rapid City, SD

2018 Santa Fe Art Institute, Story Maps Fellowship, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, City of Santa Fe Fire Department Mobile Integrated Health Office host, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship, Santa Fe, NM

2015 The Piegan Institute, Research Center Fellowship, Browning, MT

COLLECTIONS

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Institute of American Indian Arts, Public Art Collection, Santa Fe, NM

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD

PUBLICATIONS

Jennifer Levin, Making sense of the world with timeless design: Terran Last Gun’s serigraph prints, The Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, June 26, 2020

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, Bold Color and Shape by a Contemporary Piikani Artist, First Peoples Fund, February 3, 2020

Alex De Vore, First Solo, Santa Fe Reporter, May 29, 2019

Jordan Eddy, Mapping the Divide, Santa Fe Reporter, November 28, 2018

Alicia Guzman, IMPRINT, Santa Fe Reporter, August 8, 2018

Gale Snyder, Terran Last Gun, The Local Flavor, August 9, 2017

Adele Oliveira, Young at Art: Santa Fe’s Next Generation of Creators, The Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, January 1, 2016


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