Head of a seated man, made from bark, rushes, red cloth, and vegetable fibers. Unknown Polynesian artist; early 19th century. From Easter Island (Rapa Nui); now in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Wikimedia Commons.
The LA’s Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Man-Made, a collective art show that regroups artists who’s principal medium is fabric (and more specifically male quilters). Among these artists of a new kind are Joe Cunningham, Luke Haynes, Jimmy McBride, Aaron McIntosh, Joel Otterson, Dan Olfe or Shawn Quinlan, we find Ben Venom, a unique artist that uses old metal band t-shirts to create these original pieces.
Mwaash aMbooy mask of the Kuba people, Lulua Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Made of painted parchment, decorated with cowrie shells, beads, and human hair. Artist unknown; late 19th/early 20th century. Now in the Brooklyn Museum. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum.
Naas shagi yeil s'aaxw (Raven at the Headwaters of Nass hat) from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest. Carved from maple; decorated with paint, shells, hair, and baleen. Artist unknown; ca. 1810. Now in the Seattle Art Museum. Photo credit: Joe Mabel.
Nkisi nkondi (power figure) of the Kongo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The figure was believed to hold supernatural powers, which were activated by driving nails into it; this could be done either to affirm the sanctity of an oath or to repel evil forces. Made of tar-coated wood with inlaid glass eyes. Artist unknown; late 19th or early 20th century. Now in the Brooklyn Museum. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum.