Christopher Olszewski



From June 8 through July 20, 2015, I will drive from Savannah, Georgia to Sheridan, Wyoming (spending one month at the Jentel Foundation Visiting Artist Program) and returning to Savannah.

Building on my previous “Vision Quests”, I am designing a new car-skin for 2015. I have posted my proposed travel route and would be happy to visit, lecture, perform and make connections.

Please look at images from Summer 2014 and No Place for the Weak.

My proposal is to produce a body of work based on “SKINS”. I am painting images on vinyl automobile covers and covering my 2005 Pontiac Montana. The vinyl will be manipulated while on the vehicle and replaced as needed with fresh skin. The collection of skins will construct an exhibition based on the experience gained from traveling to Wyoming.

The color scheme for this project is red and white. I am half Native American and Polish American. My skin color has always been not quite red and yet not white enough. The vehicle is an avatar of the crossroads of my cultural assimilation.

While traveling, I will collaborate with Universities, colleges, people in the WaMart Parking lot, Tribal Colleges, Native peoples, interview, and visit museums, battlegrounds, ceremonial sites and research Native American art collections. I will produce photographs, videos, collage and watercolor drawings while developing collaborative works, sight specific and time based pieces. Each location will have an art piece dedicated to the historical context and address the importance of healing, remembering and forgiving. I will encourage the vehicle to be decorated by each individual with whom I come into contact. At the beginning of the trek, the vehicle will be a blank canvas and each mark, sticker, dent and repair will be a testament to the rich cultural dialog of the journey. This project is the convergence of years of dedicated research into multicultural identity and the positioning of Native American artists in a contemporary context. It is also a means of transitioning my theories about cultural identity into a tangible body of work.

Thank you.

Images of participants interacting with Automobile Skin:

Proposed Travel Route

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.