Indigenous Art Meets the West

“Sundering the Unconsciousness” by Stan Padilla (2020), acrylic on canvas, from Axis Gallery
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As we have emerged into springtime, Axis Gallery pays tribute to a cultural emergence with the exhibit “Sundering the Unconscious: An Indigenous View of the Transformation of Western Values.”

The artworks by Stan Padilla and Ray Gonzales will be on display from April 3 through April 25 at the midtown (625 S St.) gallery, which is open from noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

Here’s how Axis describes the exhibit:

“The years 2016-2020 were part of an intensifying, tumultuous, transformational period in human society. All of this was predicted in the ancient Mexican Indigenous prophecies. The artists’ work presented here is a ‘living expression, current view’ of this unfolding evolutionary process.

“A multi-media exhibition that addresses life consciousness, death, unconsciousness, transformation and a mystical basis for a new world order. This will be an art gallery transformed into a temple space and the artists into storytellers.”

Padilla, who is a mural painter of the Royal Chicano Air Force, also creates works through drawing, painting and jewelry. Of Yaqui Tribal and Chicano heritage, he is artistic/cultural mentor for the United Auburn Indian Tribal School.

Gonzales is a long-time public school teacher in Lincoln and is adjunct professor at Sierra College. Many of his sculptures are displayed locally.

For more information about the exhibit, visit Axis Gallery’s website.