Chaz John at Ellsworth Gallery

Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo, March 30, 2018

Chaz John’s exhibition and artist residency continues through April 15. John, a Winnebago and Mississippi Band Choctaw artist who resides in Santa Fe, is the gallery’s first artist-in-residence. His Rez Dogs series are portraits of reservation dogs, which are often regarded as metaphors for the struggles of their human counterparts, but John adds a twist. “They’re painted in hues and values according to a dog’s visual spectrum, from black and greys to light blues and yellows,” he writes. “Hung low to the ground, their display caters completely to a rez-dog audience.” A closing reception takes place on Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m.