Scottsdale Public Art

Temporary Art

Prelude to “Bilá Ashdlá’ (Five Fingered People): Photography by Jeff Slim

Jeff Slim (Diné) is well known in Arizona for his brightly colored paintings and public murals, which have been put up all over the state. He has exhibited his work in Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and South Dakota. His work is a continued quest to understand his Navajo heritage, while integrating his own perspective on contemporary life, with multilayered, color-rich images of human forms, and pop culture references.

This new exhibition of black and white photography at Appaloosa Library presents us with a new medium for Slim. By painting white swirling lines on a nude model, he layers the appearance of energy lines on the body, similar to his paintings. He then photographs the model so the image is somewhat abstracted. This amplifies the feeling of his imagery, giving a new depth of meaning to ancestral traditions and his modern interpretation of Navajo creation stories. 

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