Thursday, 2 February 2023

Art is Freedom/ Free Press February is Black History Month, Continued...


Photo City of Edmonton, unknown, that's me (left) on the second floor standing next to the stairs filming for this YouTube: Edmonton Black History Month 2023. Mayor Sohi, MLA Shepherd & Police Chief McFee.


2020, v.a. Red Zipper Tie d.b., Virgil Abloh, RIP

February 2, 2023, My Opinion on Twitter

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Outsider White Art Show & Wear, February, Black History Month Begins


Outsider White Art Show and Wear 2023, during Black History Month.

2021, V.A. Red Zipper Tie, DB

2020, v.a. Red Zipper Tie d.b.
Tribute Painting to Virgil Abloh

Art is Freedom's Figures of Speech 
Celebrating Black History Month

Alberta Legislature, on Treaty 6

2023, Point of Order number 15, painted, printed and ready to be worn inside the Alberta Legislature assembly during Black History Month.
A Nation Divided, T-shirt Art Banned 2019 during the Alberta Legislature spring session, from all Alberta Legislature buildings until the ban was removed in 2021, during an outdoor Art Show and Share, inside Violet King Henry plazza, by Prospects Point, #AbLeg.
'Listen' Label The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear was Inspired in Chicago, outside the Intuit Art Center while wearing my O'Canada T-shirt and later inside the Museum of Contemporary art where Virgil Abloh's Figures of Speech was on display on the top floor. Since then I published hundreds of 2020, Freedom to Express and Listen art project posters and distributed them on Edmonton City kiosks, and given my posters, like my paintings away freely during Art Shows & Share. Dozens of 'Listen Label', The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear, T-shirts, Baseball caps, Toques of Alberta, and Hoodies were created and freely distributed to activists and politicians alike and worn by myself inside and outside the Alberta Legislature since I was banned in 2019, for wearing a t-shirt featuring my "A Nation Divided" art that I created, and had already been worn for over a year inside the Legislature assembly's public gallery, up until a complaint from the Press Gallery was received by the LASS staff, that my shirt was a distraction to the assembly. That same t-shirt was already worn in the public gallery under an NDP and UCP Government, and it expressed a truth 'Pipelines Alberta United, A Nation Divided' through my art with a link to my art gallery.

January 24, 2016: My first outdoor painting season began this balmy 0 C Sunday afternoon next to the skater-packed ice rink next to City Hall. I applied a first layer of acrylic paint to a canvas that is supposed to look something like a wildfire when it's completed. There was a fire pit close by to warm my hands and a live swing band playing inside City Hall. They played the music on loudspeakers surrounding the ice rink. 

2017 - Art is Freedom - 2023


Painter's notes, 6 years ago, on January 27, 2017, I featured my 300th art show in front of City Hall, inviting guests to add in their own words what freedom means to them on my picket sign. Here's some of the messages they added to my Art is Freedom placard, used to protest the City of Edmonton: "Freedom is important,especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V,  "Art is Freedom"
2019, Chicago, Virgil Abloh, Figures of Speech

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 2019

2019, Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. MLK
Black History Month, Outsider White Art Show & Wear

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

On this day January 30, Art is Freedom's Figures of Speech, Free Press

This morning's Quick Drawn Conclusion at City Hall from yesterday's Utility meeting.

January 30, 2023, Quickdrawn Conclusion

Edmonton Disorder Creates Downtown Dead Zone 
I was asked to cover up this T-shirt inside the legislature last spring session after my wife Sarah (the Bear) brought it home from Minnesota for me as a gift. Breakfast at city hall before utility meeting begins...
Art is Freedom, Free Press Looking Back...

After 3 years, the Drum is now retired from activism and given to Dr. Raj Sherman for his public service.

2023-01-30, Painter's notes, looking back, 2020-01-30: Today I presented inside the Alberta Legislature to visitor services and LASS Staff of the Srg-At-Arms office "Redman left for dead." February's The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear, designer t-shirt inspired by my 2018 sketch studies of 4 Indian busts of gaunt, skull-like looking First Nations men hanging above on the 4 corners above the fountain inside the Alberta Legislature rotunda. Tour guides say the busts historically represent how earlier Alberta Government expected the eventual extinction of First Nations in the Province due to starvation and harsh environmental living conditions. As part of my 2020 Freedom to Express and 'Listen' art project, I'll be wearing this inside the Legislative assembly's public gallery each day in February when MLAs return to work for a question period.

January 30, 2017, Art Gallery of Alberta

2023-01-30, Painter's notes January 30, 2014, Art Gallery of Alberta Sketch Study "The Boatmen's Wives" by Luigi da Rios oil painting "Over Looking a Canal in Venice" 1886. Pencils and Coral Draw. Wednesday nights the Art Gallery serves up free drinks. On a scale of (Poor)1 to 10 (Accurate) my drawing's accuracy to the original painting, I gave myself a 3. The Original is stunningly beautiful, I've only captured a simple likeness...

January 30, 2017, Alberta Legislature
January 30, 2014, Whyte Avenue
End Note, Painter's Tweet January 30, 2023, on the Safety of Edmonton, Top Priority says Edmonton Mayor Sohi: I truly appreciate this effort your Worship, Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, but as I begin my week at City Hall, the question in my mind is are you a Mayor, like so many others who talk about the river being dirty, or are you a Mayor who acts and cleans up the river? #Democracy

Monday, 30 January 2023

February is Black History Month, Art is Freedom's Figures of Speech


2023, Off White

2023, Point of Order

2020-2023, Skaters on Ice

Back of Skaters on Ice, 2020-2023, Aliens at Tsusiat Falls
Alberta Legislature, Queen Elizabeth Building & City Hall 

Aliens at Tusuiat Falls

2023-01-29, Painter's notes, Coming Black History Month, February: The difference between me, an Alberta, Canadian, and a Taxpayer participating in Alberta Democracy depend on the clothing I plan to wear inside the Alberta Legislature assembly later this February. Already the Alberta Legislature LASS Staff is creating roadblocks over the clothing I plan to wear inside the assembly. Shameful how King Charles's staff continuously blocks my individual rights and freedoms.
Painter's notes, Practice Media Distancing: In light of the Memphis protest over the Police killings of Tyre Nichols and other protests in the United States that are expected to overflow into Canada's major cities. I will not be news picketing/ promoting the UCP (Hon) Kaycee Madu and NDP David Shepherd with Civil Information Actions for the 2023 Alberta Provincial Election during Black History Month. Instead, I'll be avoiding these protests and focusing on doing more indoor art shows at City Hall and the Legislature honouring Virgil Abloh, and his Figures of Speech.

Violet King Henry Plaza, named after
Canada's First Black Female Lawyer, is where 
Freedom Fighters Sang Songs of Freedom, O' Canada

Give this man, King Charles a medal!
No Individual Rights & Freedoms in the Alberta Legislature.

2020, If it Quacks like a Magpie, it must be...

Rare Bird, Magpie Gallery

Sunday, 29 January 2023

January 29, Has the Art Gallery of Alberta Crossed Some Lines or Have I?


Is it my AGA Sketch Study that has crossed your line?

2023-01-29, Painter's 20-minute Quickdraw, CorelDraw taken from the 3rd floor of the Art Gallery of Alberta today, local Indigenous Haida, Edmonton Artist, Dean Drever's 2011, 42 NHL, Nazi Jerseys, with Hitler and his closest henchmen names sewn on the back of the oilers jerseys. The display puts a light on males and hockey violence. Swastikas were used by Indigenous people such as the Hopi, Navajo, and Apache. It represents Mother Earth and good luck.


Dean Drever: In Black and White

The City of Edmonton's 311 Help Line # is code for Ku Klux Klan, according to the new Lighthouse App the City, Peace Officers will use to out hate symbols. Anti-Defamation League's Lighthouse App.

Looking Back to January 29, 2019

Looking back January 29, 2018, Jasper Avenue and 103rd street City Kiosk: Look at how many days my poster promoting nonhockey fan violence and bullying has lasted, 10 Days! I spent the day picketing Jason Kenney, Unity in a nice welcoming way after Jason was sworn in as MLA, leader of her Majesty the Queen's loyal official opposition party of the Alberta Legislature. I started my picket around 11 am outside the Alberta Legislature and later outside the Matrix hotel where I met with Jason Kenney accompanied by his caucus outside the hotel on the picket line. It was at this point I surrendered my placard to Jason's staff after he invited me to his party inside...