Untitled (Ross with Cat), 1987
Portrait/Biography written by Felix:
1957 born in Guaimaro, Cuba, the third of what would eventually be four children 1964 Dad bought me a set of watercolors and gave me my first cat 1971 sent to Spain with my sister Gloria, then went to Puerto Rico to live with my uncle 1979 returned to Cuba to see my parents after an eight-year separation 1981 parents escaped Cuba during Mariel boat lift, my brother Mario and sister Mayda escaped with them 1978 met Jeff in Puerto Rico 1976 Gloria and I moved to our own apartment-small, but full of sunlight 1977 Rosa 1976 met my friend Mario 1979 moved to New York City 1980 met Luis at the beach 1983 received BFA from Pratt Institute 1981 and 1983 attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program 1987 received MFA from the International Center of Photography and New York University 1983 Ross at the Boybar 1985 Jeff gave me Pebbles and Biko, two Lilac Point Siamese cats-hardly able to support myself, and now with two cats to feed, only Jeff 1985 first trip to Europe, first summer with Ross 1986 summer in Venice, studied Venetian painting and architecture 1986 blue kitchen, blue flowers in Toronto - a real home for the first time in so long, so long, Ross is here 1987 Wawanaisa Lake: beavers, wild brown bears, Harry retrieved every buoy he sees, New York Times every morning, duck cabin 1986 Mother died of leukemia 1990 Myriam died 1991 Ross died of AIDS, Dad died three weeks later, a hundred small yellow envelopes of my lover’s ashes-his last will 1991 Jorge stopped talking to me, I’m lost - Claudio and Miami Beach saved me 1992 Jeff died of AIDS 1990 silver ocean in San Francisco 1992 President Clinton - hope, twelve years of trickle-down economics came to an end 1990 moved to L.A. with Ross (already very sick), Harry the Dog, Biko, and Pebbles, the Ravenswood, Rossmore, golden hour, Ann and Chris by the pool, magic hour, rented a red car, money for the first time, no more waiting on tables, ‘Golden Girls’, great students at CalArts, Millie and Catherine, went back to Madrid after almost twenty years-sweet revenge 1989 the fall of the Berlin Wall 1991 Bruno and Mary, two black cats Ross found in Toronto, came to live with me 1991 the world I knew is gone, moved the four cats, books, and a few things to a new apartment 1991 went back to L.A., hospitalized for 10 days 1990 first show with Andrea Rosen 1993 moved to 24th Street 1987 joined Group Material 1991 Julie moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan 1992 the forces of hate and ignorance are alive and well in Oregon and Colorado, among other places 1993 Sam Nunn is such a sissy, peace might be possible in the Middle East 1992 started to collect George Nelson clocks and furniture 1993 three years since Ross died, painted kitchen floor bright orange, this book
from:(Catalogue Raisonne Cantz 1997)
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Untitled (For Anna Mae Aquash Pictou), 2013
— Printable poster 18”x 24” —
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the late Mi’kmaq warrior Anna Mae Aquash Pictou, whose lifeline was shortened due to her brave and resilient spirit!
This poster was inspired by Anna Mae’s Aquash’s statement to the Court of South Dakota, made after her arrest and interrogation by the FBI regarding fellow activist Leonard Peltier, who was wanted tor the murder of two FBI agents. The FBI had arrested and interrogated Aquash a number of times throughout 1975, including one in which she was allegedly told she would not live out the year it she did not give up the information they wanted. Aquash claimed to have no information about Peltier. She was murdered in late 1975, and her body was discovered along a stretch of highway in South Dakota in February 1976.
About Anna Mae Aquash (March 27, 1945 – mid-December 1975):
Annie Mae Aquash (Mi’kmaq name Naguset Eask) was a Mi’kmaq activist from Nova Scotia, Canada, who became a member of the American Indian Movement, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States during the mid-1970s.
Aquash participated in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties and occupation of the Department of Interior headquarters in Washington, DC; the Wounded Knee Incident in 1973; and armed occupations in Canada and Wisconsin in following years. On February 24, 1976, her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; she was initially determined to have died from exposure but was found to have been executed by gunshot. Aquash was thirty years old at the time of her death.
Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Symposium (Gender/Power/Space) will feature 18 images from my FROM TOP TO BOTTOM photo series this March 5th - 7th, 2014.
In addition to an art exhibition, they are also hosting some pretty interesting events, panels & speakers. If you happen to be in the area and have time later in the week, then come check out what they are offering for FREE. You can view their schedule here:
On February 27, 1973, over 200 Oglala Lakota tribal members and supporters of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) seized the town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The controversial occupation of Wounded Knee lasted 71 days during which there was continuous confrontation between Natives and U.S. government law officials, including the F.B.I.
ridin on chains, 2014
Please, check out & share this sexy new track from my friend/brother Matthew Flowers. It’s been on repeat in my head since last week. This guy has come a long way in the three years that I’ve known him! Plus, he’s one helluva babe!
"sexy romantic hip hop track for my bros who like bros"
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Trading Pain For Pleasure, 2011
In which I crawled through blackberry bramble in a jockstrap in the Columbia River Gorge.
A rad new friend & ally just sent me these little charms in the mail.
The rest of you need to get your booties to WU for Mr. Alexie - one of many great Native writers redefining the enemy’s language!
#wu #atkinsonlectureseries #shermanalexie #spokanereservation #native #ndn #poet #warrior #writer #reservationblues #smokesignals #radnewfriends (at INDIAN LAND)
This image is inspired by the political resistance & warrior spirit of Indigenous peoples in the americas.
We have been fighting against one another and against the bloody hands of the colonizer since the unwarranted invasion of illegal immigrants from england, france, spain, etc…
It is a simple call for solidarity among all Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island (Native america).
#RISE #Radical #Indigenous #Survivance #Empowerment #IndianUnity #NDN #Indigenous #CallandResponse #SittingBull #ChiefManuelito #NativeDesign #NativeArt #NativeAmerican #FirstNations #Aboriginal #LatinAmerica #Political #Resistance #wheatpaste #TurtleIsland #Navajo (at INDIAN LAND)
Society6 is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders worldwide until Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. I thought it would be a fine time to throw something else up:
Limited edition R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment Native designs.
Inspired by Native american patterns—resembling geometric patterns—these designs pop up on the cultural landscape of Indigenous Native american tribes throughout Turtle Island.
This pattern was inspired by the Indigenous Mi’kmaq warrior/activist Anna Mae Aquash Pictou (March 27, 1945 – December 1975). Anna Mae dedicated her life to Native american rights, awareness & resistance. She was also a prominent figure in the American Indian Movement (AIM).
Proceeds from all sales go toward future exhibitions for the warrior/artist/activist collective.
Susie Silook (Yupik/Iñupiaq)
What Does It Take To See My Heart,2001
Walrus Ivory // 24 x 8 inches
"While the form and aesthetic appearance of Susie Silook’s (1960-) ivory artworks reference the centuries-old circumpolar tradition of carving in walrus tusk, her subject matter is decidedly more contemporary. Her works, usually carved from a single piece of ivory and mounted on a base so that they stand upright, are deeply embedded with the oldest Inuit carving traditions, yet her subject matter diverges from the typical historic and pre-contact imagery of hunting and camping scenes (or land and sea animals) that you might expect to see carved in walrus ivory. Instead, Silook uses her considerable talents to depict themes that confront contemporary Alaska Natives, including issues of identity, spirituality, conflict and adaptation, as embodied by the female form. Her sculptures of women are so graceful and lithe that they have been compared to Amedeo Modigliani’s nudes and Léon Bakst’s depictions of Diaghilev’s dancers in the Ballets Russes yet these are not portraits of delicate or timid women. Silook’s heroines resist colonization, critique violence and oppression and represent an unwavering faith in Native belief systems and Eskimo worldview."
: a show is never complete until it is taken down.
What started out as a month-long exhibition expanded into an eight week conversation of contemporary Native north american art, survivance, and resistance. The foundation for future conversations, exhibitions, and collaboration has been set and only the days to come will reveal what lies ahead.
I called out over a continent and received a strong response from Indigenous warriors & artists. I look forward to writing about the show and expanding on the subject matter. I also look forward to the potential of R.I.S.E., but also to publishing an exhibition book based on BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex.
We are not a silent bunch.
Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground. We’re coming back like the ghosts of a million buffalo.
#BURYMYART #BURYMYARTATWOUNDEDKNEE #NDN #NATIVEART #INDIGENOUSART #WARRIORS #ART #AMERICANART #POWER #SURVIVANCE #RESISTANCE #INDIANLAND
Just started up a Society6 store where you can purchase t-shirts, tote bags, and coffee mugs to commemorate the exhibition.
**Proceeds from all sales will go toward shipping expenses for the exhibition.**
Come check out this show before it comes down and the glorious large text piece is painted back over with white paint!
Who knows, maybe this show, or a show like it, will acquire some wheels and jump on the road to a reservation or city near you!
printable poster 11” x 17”