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Wayne Nez Gaussoin: Adobobot
Tue, January 1, 2019–Sun, November 3, 2019
Wayne Nez Gaussoin’s (Diné/Picuris Pueblo) Adobobot is a modern modular robot with a Southwestern adobe façade. The sculpture melds traditional materials and techniques with contemporary high-tech forms, reflecting the evolution of Pueblo culture over time. The work also explores the connection between today’s popular culture and traditional Indigenous mythology. Many traditional Pueblo stories have non-human beings that are both protectors and behavioral enforcers. Tales of heroic figures, idolized by modern society, dominate today’s popular culture. Adobobot relates to traditional Pueblo stories that can be viewed from a modern perspective.
Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Diné/Picuris Pueblo) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a Master of Fine Arts with a minor in Museum Studies from The University of New Mexico. Gaussoin has also an extensive background in teaching jewelry and art theory.