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t in thailand, 2008
girls on glue, covered in ash from living in burnt out, abandoned buildings. aids orphans – nairobi, kenya 1993
k + the lady on tv, 1989
k + the lady on tv ii, 1989
npr’s new “fully awake” ads: http://www.adweek.com/creativity/nprs-new-ads-promise-to-help-you-become-fully-awake-to-the-truth/
full 30 second spot:
Discussion from Facebook with my friend and activist Lane Hall regarding working with commercial entities and the dangers one may not have considered in contributing to the society of the spectacle…
Lane Hall I love your work – the roadside stands, the water towers, homages to the people involved in the area. I love your amazing facility with images, especially close-ups. I am happy for you with this NPR opportunity, but not sure about it. It makes me uneasy, just as the requests for OLB as advert (regardless of the affiliation) has done the same (which we haven’t pursued as a general policy)… I do respect that you must have done some soul searching to do this, and came out with it as a personal positive, so am not saying this to rain on the parade here, but it really does change your work!
me: i wish i had the time to pursue seeking nonprofit status and to do fundraising and grants. as a one person operation working a 40 hour a week job whose primary passion is just getting work up i can’t do it all. sadly, i’ll have more time to pursue this once i retire but i’lm no longer be living on the reservation. with regard to the ad, i wish it’d been for “democracy now” or “free speech tv” but alas, it was npr. i guess the question is if i were given the opportunity to do this again, would i? at this point i don’t know.
From the Form + Concept website regarding the Broken Boxes Podcast show
Broken Boxes features the art and ideas of over 40 visual artists, filmmakers, sound artists, activists, performance artists and community organizers from around the world who are effecting change through their work. The show is co-curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, and all invited artists have participated in an interview on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast over the past 2 years.
“This is a celebration for the artists who have contributed their time and energy to the Broken Boxes exhibition,” says Dunnill. “Their work continues to lift up our communities and sustain our growth and vibrancy as human beings.”
The show runs from August 18 – October 21, 2017 at Form + Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
“Meditation on a cloth signifier”
Breeze + Ian Kuali’i
Ian Kuali’i creating a paper cut portrait.
Winona LaDuke with Keri Pickett who made the documentary “First Daughter and the Black Snake.” The film follows environmentalist Winona LaDuke as she fights to block an Enbridge pipeline threatening sacred wild rice watersheds and her tribe’s land in northern Minnesota. The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched, and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for “first daughter”), the “black snake” is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through her tribe’s 1855 Treaty land, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional indigenous way of life. The Broken Boxes Podcast show opening coincided with Winona’s birthday.
Traditional dancers at Indian Market.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011
eu amo o brasil!
big shout out to raul zito, photographer and wheat paste artist in sao paulo, brasil. i’ve been following his work on various street art blogs and learned through flickr he’s been following mine as well. here’s an example of his work in sao paulo.
he and i got in touch with one another late 2010 and he offered to get a piece of mine up in sao paulo. the piece isn’t finished yet but here’s what he’s done so far. i absolutely love it. he put me beside magrela mag who did the piece on the second apartment in the first photo (up top). sweet! i love the way jamaal is flying into the mama bird’s mouth, through the basketball hoop while the beautiful, nude woman checks it all out. wicked piece!
stay tuned. he’ll be getting files of his to me soon to paste here. how cool is that?!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011
it never fails. whenever i do a big installation, it rains. such was the case last week and this weekend in phoenix. so after a week, stephanie’s photo on the billboard, the collab with breeze, is already starting to come down. one week later. that hurts. steve, julia’s husband and partner in managing the hive, said he’d try to paste her back up. i left some wheat paste with him that had started to turn sour. yum.
meanwhile, i met niba yesterday. he’s a photographer who is based in tucson, i think. it was one of those moments when virtual reality becomes real and you meet someone from your social networking sites. in truth, i thought niba, also known as “dead now” on twitter was a woman. o well. instead, he’s a great guy with 2 beautiful children. here are some of his images from yesterday’s installation. thanks niba!
i mentioned above that raul zito of sao paulo pasted one of my pieces in sao paulo. i returned the favor + pasted one of his images in phoenix. what comes around…
shout out to the british two tone movement
kicking it with breeze + erin gramzinski
July 9, 2017
I don’t often read posts from back in the day when I started pasting especially posts found on my Blogspot site. (I miss that url – http://www.speakingloudandsayingnothing.blogspot.com, aka “yo mama.”) It’s fun seeing my enthusiasm for everything about the art form. In this case it’s especially exciting to read through these posts from early 2011 to reflect on how long I’ve been aware of Zito’s work and to remember that dreams can come true. He’ll be coming to the rez in just under a month. Full circle. Yay!
Dan Budnik is a Flagstaff based photographer who first came to this region in the 70s to photodocument forced relocation of Navajos living on “Hopi Partition Land” on Black Mesa. It was his documentation of the conflict that led to the 1985 Academy Award winning documentary “Broken Rainbow” which examines coal exploitation and the origins of the Navajo – Hopi tribal government conflict. His images from that period are compelling. It’s the type of up close + personal, black + white photography that I grew up seeing in Life Magazine. The imagery reflects Dan’s time commitment to telling a story truthfully and the trust the people he was photographing had in him.
Stinkfish poster with MLK criminal justice reform posters.
Collaboration with fellow Justseeds printmaker + activist, Thea Ghar.
I first met Dan maybe 3 years ago; however, it wasn’t until he had a show of black + white, silver gelatin prints and color photos at a small restaurant in Flagstaff in May of 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery that Dan got my attention. I wanted to know what a photographer of his caliber was doing in northern Arizona. He told the story of going to the Navajo nation in the 70s and falling in love with the people and the land. I stopped him at this point and told him he didn’t need to elaborate. I got it. The show was worthy of being held in any gallery in any city in the world. I’m not exaggerating. Though Dan is a humble, gentle spirit, his talent as a photographer is exceptional. It was his image of Dr. King that appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in April 1968 when Dr. King was killed.
I’m proud as hell to be able to say Dan Budnik is my friend. Last year we’d hoped to collaborate on a project in Selma where I’d install some of his images from the Selma to Montgomery march on abandoned store-fronts in downtown Selma. However, the bureaucracy to realize this dream was insurmountable. Instead, Dan let me use an image of marcher Frederick Moss for an installation in Brooklyn. (Yeah, Brooklyn. I like the unintentional symbolism of a black man on his back in the street holding an American flag. This time last year there were several black men on their backs in the street.) When Dan shot the image of Frederick Moss, Mr. Moss was simply exhausted after a grueling 5 day, 54 mile demonstration and laid down in a vacant spot to rest.
I wanted to pay tribute to my friend by getting the Frederick Moss image up in his adopted home of Flagstaff, AZ.
Toren at Moenkopi Wash
Hózhó – a word that defines the essence of Navajo (Diné) philosophy. It encompasses beauty, order, harmony + expresses the idea of striving for balance.
The Navajo nation has an unemployment rate at about 50%. While the tribe is pursuing investment and job opportunities much of the land under consideration for development is contaminated with uranium from over 500 uncapped mines which deters businesses from investing. The companies who abandoned the mines in the 60s + 70s when the price and demand for uranium dropped aren’t legally bound to clean up their sites per mining laws from the 1800s when prospectors were mining for precious minerals.
Concerned with the possibility of accidental contamination by wandering into abandoned mine sites the EPA created a coloring book for grade school kids on the rez. The star is “Gamma Goat” who introduces himself saying “That’s right. I’m named after the most powerful form of radiation given off by uranium, gamma rays. I know how to stay away from areas where radiation may harm me and I’m here to teach you, your friends and family how to be safe too.” Meanwhile, contamination continues to affect the land, water, animals and humans.
jc at coconino center for the arts
thanks to travis iurato for arranging the wall.
new times interview before the show at chartreuse contemporary gallery in phoenix is here!
stay tuned! stickers and a screen print of this image of stephanie on j. r.’s house from 2010 will be coming out soon.
“Security is the denial of life. Love is what enables us to cross borders.” – Robin Reineke, founder of Colibri Center for Human Rights – whose work this collaborative #mural is based off of. Colibri Center for Human Rights does the fierce forensic and beautiful work of reuniting with families the remnants of the resilient migrants who die in their journey across the border. When the wheat paste bones peel off, it will reveal a human carrying her child driven by an undefeatable love that drives her to transcend borders. Here I’m wheatpasting the last wing bone for Chip Thomas who sized and put together the whole skeleton and whom I learned to #wheatpaste from. This mural could not have been possible without the love and creativity from the local Phoenix arts community who wanted to bring the illumination of migrants to the forefront and honor the dead. This is only 1/5 of a massive Mural collaboration with artists including Karlito Miller Espinosa Thea Gahr, @theallelectrickitchen, Julius Badoni, Lucinda Yrene and Lalo Cota and so many more people. The full reveal will be tomorrow. thank you Phoenix, you have been brighter than I could’ve ever imagined.
— with Jess Chen.