Friday, June 17, 2011
This is a small selection of my work that is featured in the "Making New Traditions" show that started out at the Heritage Center at the Red Cloud School, then moved to the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota and it will move to Brookings, SD for the final part of its run. The paper piece is a collaborative mixed-media project featuring myself, Marty Two Bulls Jr. and Michael Schwiegman. Special thanks to Mary and Peter for putting this show together and to Mary Maxon for putting up with a pack of psychos at the Dahl. Yep.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I was going to go into an in depth recall of how I got into art. Instead I will start my arbitrary list of the things/people that caught my attention along the way. I was allowed a small amount of television time as a kid and I really enjoyed watching Eek the Cat, Transformers, Garfield, X-men, the Care Bears (Grumpy Bear was my favorite), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bobby's World, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Terrible Thunder Lizards, Recess (okay, so I was a little old to be watching this one....) and re-runs of the Fintstones, The Jetsons, and even older stuff like Betty Boop.
"Anything Can Happen in Cartoons" - Anthony
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Above photos are details taken from a mural that was painted in 1999 in Albuquerque. I was a part of a project that got local high school students together with working artists to create public art works. At the beginning of the project I was selected to work on a bus stop bench that was covered in tiles, and had a painted back drop (it is still there on Central Ave. and Broadway, and on a side note if you look at the painted sections, we all chose images, and mine of a mustard bottle with wings was selected, as at the time I was a huge Mustard Plug fan....) So as work progressed on the benches, we were asked if we could assist with another of the projects. The mural team ran into a snag, OSHA regulations at the time stated that no one under the age of 16 could go on the scaffolding, so they needed two kids who were old enough to work on the mural. I gladly volunteered to help, and got to work on this project that had already run into some trouble to start. The architect who designed the building, the main library downtown, was upset at the thought of his ugly creation being painted on, so a compromise was met, a frame was installed to attach panels so that no paint would touch the surface. While working on this job, I was fortunate to meet A.G. Joe Stephenson, a master muralist who was originally from Jamaica. In fact one day I was blasting The Skatalites in my headphones, he walked over and asked me if I was listening to Ska, and that was the beginning of our friendship as well as my first mentor in the arts. I went on to work with Joe to do some "filler" for some areas in the mural. A design was submitted and approved with the majority of the main elements in place, so as sort of a side project Joe and I decided to add one addition to the area with the Mayan figure holding the Codex. We took it upon ourselves to create a mini history of Latin America: The first panel (which became the controversy) had an image of a conquistador stabbing an Indigenous person with a cross, the second section was the head of a mayan figure smoking a cigarette (as a symbol of post-contact survival) and finally the last image was of a rabbit holding a deer antler, this last image was taken from another codex it was a symbol of celebration to signify the revitalization of culture for all Native People.... Well, all went well with the project and the mural was completed. No one had noticed the small section until about a month later and people were pissed including the local church down the street as well as the mayor's assistant at the time Phil Baca. He took it upon himself to paint over the offending section himself, thus the first panel is blank and a different color. This event made the local news, and was cited as being defiant of the whole spirit of community and the the theme of the mural which was "Knowledge Is Power"... Joe said that an attorney was willing to take up the case against the city and its censorship, but at the time I was a minor, and my family said I should let it go. The city made the argument that the offending area should be removed because it was not in the original approved design, event though there were other elements in the mural that were added post-approval. The argument made for keeping that small area intact was that if there was something offensive that should be removed it was the image of a homeless man who educated himself by using a public library... I guess the guy was also an outspoken racist, but he got to stay up. I'm certainly not trying to bellyache about what happened, but people in this town are in denial if they think that historical genocide didn't happen. Plus if I don't speak to this moment in Albuquerque history as well as my own personal history who will?.....
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I got my start in the arts with Murals, I painted on the walls at Eldorado High school in Albuquerque. I went on to work for the City (yes as an an actual employee of the city) to work on several public art pieces as well as a mural on the main library downtown..... more on that later. Here are a few of the other tings I've done that concern walls. Thanks to the collaborators: A.G. Joe Stephenson, Jackson Glenn, Chris "Damn These Man-Child Fools" Huth, David Kappy, Aquilla Lohr, and Thomas Haag. Cheers.
Monday, January 31, 2011
"For these artists the creative act is nourished on the urban environment they have always lived in. The impact of popular art is present, but checked by puzzles and paradoxes about the play of signs at different levels of signification in their work..." - The Development of British Pop, Lawrence Alloway, from the 1967 printed copy of "Pop Art" , by Lucy Lippard.