Episode 36. Interview with Cannupa Hanska Luger

When this podcast project began, one of the first artists interviewed was Cannupa Hanska Luger. The episode was an insight into artist Cannupa Hanska's past and how he came to practice his art as we see it evolve today. (Listen to Episode 2)

Now as this podcast develops further, we loop back around and touch base with Cannupa Hanska again to hear about where his art is now. In this episode we dig deeper into the context of Cannupa's current work and process, and hear his perspective on being a working artist today.

Never Neverland III. Ceramic. Cannupa Hanska. Image by Thosh Collins from Indian Country Today. 

Never Neverland III. Ceramic. Cannupa Hanska. Image by Thosh Collins from Indian Country Today

"Every piece continues to take a lifetime to create, so that life itself is a material. And so, art should represent this moment in time, an interpretation of right now. What is created is an attempt to be as honest as possible. Truth is static and fragile. Honesty and sincerity has plasticity." -Cannupa Hanska

Here is the conversation with Cannupa Hanska Luger:

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Music featured on this episode by artist DJ KRUSH

More about the artist:

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a ceramic and mixed media artist who creates socially conscious work balanced with a high standard of craftsmanship. His sculpture has been added to various museum collections and shown in exhibitions worldwide. Born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, Cannupa's genetics derive from Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian. He graduated with honors from The Institute of American Indian Arts in 2011 with a BFA focusing in studio ceramics. Cannupa Hanska is represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. 

More about Cannupa Hanska and his work on his website and Facebook.

Cannupa Hanksa at his studio in New Mexico

Cannupa Hanksa at his studio in New Mexico

'The Unicorn', Ceramic, Steel, Wool. Cannupa Hanska

'The Unicorn', Ceramic, Steel, Wool. Cannupa Hanska

'Feline I & II', Ceramic, Leather. Cannupa Hanska

'Feline I & II', Ceramic, Leather. Cannupa Hanska