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Meso-American Remix

The use of Native and Latin American traditions

DEC, 2011 By Clayton Press This issue’s art feature considers the work of two North American artists who independently mine Native and Latin American traditions in their work.  Taking two very different tacks, Keister focuses on the corporeal; Adams on the spiritual.MESO MIX Steve Keister(b. 1949, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) has consistently explored the body and physical form since arriving in New York. He first haunted SoHo's streets and the industrial surplus stores on Manhattan's Canal Street for inexpensive materials to fabricate his work, typical of the “No-Wave” art movement active in the 1970’s.  He first relied on Plexiglas shards and sidewalk discards to make futuristic, abstract sculptures and mobiles, before moving on to Spandex-covered sculptural susp....

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