"Ah Shi Sle Pah - photography of New Mexico, printed on 3m vinyl"
November - December 5, 2014
Photograph by Kim Arthun
SD Mines hosts the exhibition, “Ah Shi Sle Pah,” by artist Kim Arthun through Dec. 5. “Ah Shi Sle Pah” is an exhibition of photographs of New Mexico’s landscape printed on 3m vinyl, used in the sign industry for car wraps and other advertising, and adhered directly to the walls with no glass or frames.
“I like using non-fine-art technologies to make fine-art images. The area of these photos is a hidden gem that we stumbled across looking for ancestral pueblo sites or outliers as they are called,” Arthun said.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., Arthun has a long-held fascination with Native American use of abstract geometry in art, a motif that appears in his three decades of work ranging from collage and sculpture to photography and film.
“The past two years I have been following a compulsion that I have had my whole life to study and better understand the peoples who have lived in this high desert for at least 10,000 years. I have been using Google maps and its satellite imagery to find, locate and travel to these ancient sites,” Arthun added.
Arthun owns a billboard company in New Mexico and is co-founder of EXHIBIT/208, an art exhibition venue that has hosted more than 150 local artist shows.