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Sheldon Starr

Meet the artist

Sheldon Starr
sheldon starr head shotSheldon Starr (Oglala Sioux Tribe) is most creative in abstract painting and graphic design. He is still in the early stages of other fine art mediums, but still strives for experience in all fine art forms. Graduating from Oglala Lakota College with a degree in graphic art (2020), Starr continues to utilize his graphic design experience in the freelance and commission-based fields, creating custom graphics, logos and text for clients. Sheldon shows his creative freedom through abstract paintings based on geometric subjects and the female form. Paying homage to the traditional Lakota geometric designs and the aesthetics of the 1980s, Sheldon produces creative pieces that are engulfed in vibrant, saturated colors.

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About his art

Sheldon explores the times of fine lines, sharp corners and geometric structures. Pastel, neon and saturated colors influence him to create the next piece and push his palette to be more intricate in the next artwork. He strives to incorporate the brightest and darkest colors throughout the entirety of his portfolio.

On display now

Cultural transmissions facilitate how behaviors are developed and traditions are formed. During the month of November, we celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. The artists of the Hennepin Theatre Trust & All My Relations Arts, We Are Still Here cohort, have created work that challenges the audience to disrupt the cultural transmissions embedded in traditions around Thanksgiving, celebrate the contemporary presence of Native American dancers and musicians, and offers a call for healing through truth and reconciliation.

Thanksgiving, a national holiday, long known as a time of gathering that traces back to a long held belief of a coming together of Native Americans and Pilgrims to celebrate a harvest. For Native Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday leaves out the darker parts of the story, paints Native Americans as willing participants in the taking of Native lands for colonization, and excludes the painful parts of Native American history, including genocide. What would happen if we embraced the full truth of the establishment of this country? What would happen if we as a country showed accountability? What if we reboot the system? This is the question posed by Sheldon Starr in his new piece, Caution: Rebooting.

Caution: Rebooting billboard
Caution: Rebooting
by Sheldon Starr

This piece is commentary on the story of Thanksgiving, the narrative that has been changed by western civilization.

#Indigenous #Native #NativeAmerican #FirstNation #Thanksgiving #Contemporary #ContemporaryArt


About the digital artists’ cohort

We Are Still Here will re-center Native voices and stories in the Hennepin Theatre District and the Native American Cultural Corridor through the work of a Native artists’ cohort working in a variety of digital and analog media, leading to a large-scale public art project by fall 2020. All My Relations Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust have committed to this multiyear partnership to weave Native culture back into Hennepin Avenue with temporary and permanent art that engages Native and non-Native people in a deeper sense of place and share future.

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