Sunday, 11 July 2021

We must make our own work on our own terms - Joseph Sanchez.

We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" J.S.
National Indigenous Peoples Day

2021-06-21: Artist, teacher, & friend Chief-No-Tribe shared with me his art downtown Edmonton & how his family was affected, by Canada's residential school system. I completed my own art show inside Violet King Henry plaza on the Alberta Legislature grounds, featuring my #ShameTheMan with love totems. My totem collection was inspired by my sketch studies of the Professional Native Indian Artists INC. Group of Seven, once featured inside the Art Gallery of Alberta. Chief-no-tribe and I exchanged gifts today. He gave me the book he's carried around for years that inspired his circles versus squares conversation we had along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, 2016. Titled 'Black Elk Speaks Being the life story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, as told by John G. Neihardt (flaming rainbow). I gave my teacher a key chain I had carried around for years attached to my backpack filled with paints and brushes. It had a broken compass with the words 'Life is a journey ...'

#ShameTheMan with love, totem  

Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change. In the long term, a lot of people are going to appreciate it.-Venezuelan woman, Alberta Legislature art show.

Samples from hundreds of my Art Gallery sketch studies
'Sketch studies strengthen my confidence'
'Sketch studies hone my creative skills'
'Sketch studies help me understand the world around me'
July 2, 2020, last year on this day, when the Art Gallery of Alberta briely opened its doors to the public, I did this 50-minute sketch study, and later altered it using Corel draw. I'll title Flower Power. Inspired by First Nations artists Bruno Canadien and Niki Little's combined installation titled GIFT.

July 2021 Sketch Studies

Milner Library, the result of my 20-minute sketch study and CorelDRAW of Dawn Marie Marchand’s Prayers for my sisters.


2021-07-17 After a year off, I'm back in the art galleries. 2021-07-18, AGA, Black Everyday, 20 minutes sketch study & CorelDRAW of Raneece Buddan's 2020, 'Brought to the land of wood and water, the colors of their culture floods the streets' Out of many one people.
2021-07-24 ALBERTA POLITICS: Personally I don't agree with my friend, Justice Minister and Solicitor General, (Hon) Kaycee Madu's idea of pepper spray being legalized as self-defense. I may change my mind after I survey Albertans and follow this up during the fall sitting inside the Alberta Legislature for citizen #Freepress.


#democracy Get in the game!

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Chicago Exploring July 5-8, 2019 'Images of free speech' remembered

July 4, 2021, Images of free Speech: My Art Gallery of Alberta sketch study of Andy Warhol's 1973 Mao. Anti-Chinese communism propaganda spotted on downtown Edmonton kiosks. Sorry, but I won't post any photos of that street propaganda here. Tonight my researching wife Sarah is watching the old Firing Line PBS programs re Chairman Mao's legacy & Taiwan's quest for independence. I would personally like to see weapons of mass destruction turned into future plowshares for peace between Taiwan, the USA, and China.

I'm not really into style. I'm more into confidence or having something to say. Virgil Abloh.
Figures of speech, helped me remind the Alberta government who they work for, and that it is we the people they must respect in a free and open Democracy. June 2021, The Alberta government lifted the ban on my right to freely express my art on t-shirts I choose to wear anywhere inside the Alberta Legislature. Photos Wearing my O'Canada tee'

 In hand my sketch bag I often carry with me inside the Alberta Legislature assembly

Wearing my O'Canada t-shirt inside the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, John. 
Our favorite art gallery in Chicago 

Sketch Studies while in Chicago
2021-07-07 More than 230 people were fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend. 14 dead in Chicago, it's a bloody Warzone! 2 years July 7, 2019, my wife Sarah and I visited Chicago's art museums. 1 AM I went looking for some food as everything was closed inside the Sheraton Grand. (Sketch study)LOUD CRACK, 3 black men running while a 4th black man lay on the road twitching in a pool of blood. This all happened in front of our hotel.
Chicago art found along the river walkway, under the N. Columbus drive bridge 
Another Chicago hot dog news icon meets its fate, The Chicago Tribune pressroom building.

Designer's label used for my limited t-shirts, baseball caps, and winter toques of Alberta
Ironically the museum that hosted Virgil Abloh's figures of speech blocked me on Twitter...

If it quacks like a magpie, it must be...
2021 Misty HeART project, Humanity and Legacy