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January 23, 2014

Thu 1/23
Stardance

Stardance

Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Thomas Isaac spent his formative years in the Navajo Nation “making art, playing video games and watching every science-fiction movie ever made.” A self-described “sci-fi geek and former fat kid” with a deep fascination for the mysteries of the universe, Isaac creates intriguing works (encompassing animation, photography and digital media) that address his own bicultural American experience. In 2012, he partnered with the Brooklyn-based design collaborative XLXS to realize plans for Grow Shelter Dos, a dome-like artist residency and gathering space in Shonto, Ariz., inspired by the Navajo architecture of the Hogan. Although the project has been temporarily shelved (only one fifth of its $50,000 Kickstarter goal was met), Isaac launched the product line HozoH (a collaboration with industrial designer Ben Denzinger) in hopes of raising the funds needed to make Grow Shelter Dos a reality. An unlikely marriage of George Lucas’ space epic Star Wars and Kevin Costner’s nouveau Western saga Dances with Wolves, Isaac’s new video piece Stardance plays out as a feature-length mashup that “suspends the linear nature of the original movies and presents a new arena where we begin to question our views of ‘new world,’ ‘exploration’ and ‘record.’” Free, 6-8pm Thu, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org.
—Bryan Rindfuss

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