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The Family That Sprays Together Stays Together

Posted on September 25th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments
WHAT TRIBE MURAL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

It was Summers last gasp and the the What TRIBE Project co-existed with L.A. heat. Follow now as the all-seeing photographic eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project at Self Help Graphics 1300 First street in Boyle Heights. Art in the heart of East L.A. with Renelle White Buffalo , Thomas Breeze Marcus, Vyal Reyes and Douglas Miles.

Art speaks for itself via the What Tribe mural project. After having a discussion about cultural appropriation with Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics and Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence/ S.H.G.), they suggested we do a wall at Self Help Graphics. We wanted to reclaim and reinstate unique Native images in a positive manner in a larger context and format, a wall in the City of Angels. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from an exclusive mainstream art society. As we share our aesthetic perspective from reservation, city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and hopefully teach. Our tribal worldview is actually missing from one of the largest and diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles, until now.

The mural in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics is a proactive positive way to bring a visual indigenous aesthetic point of view to a city known for its cultural diversity. Mural art is about becoming part of the community. Murals allow artists to have a larger conversation within a community. Mural art isn’t necessarily about “being seen” as much as it’s about “seeing” the world around you and speaking on it. Like a skater having fun turning the streets into a moving playground, we wanted to become “one with the environment”. Being Native American myself (San Carlos Apache /O’Odham) it was an honor to be invited by friends in Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics (and curate What Tribe) to work in a respected Chicano East Side community with a great tradition of art for tribal people.

Douglas Miles
Curator: What Tribe

All photos by Eriberto Oriol.

Posted on September 24th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

jeneratemedia:

{{{Regram}}} Caught in a moment between the #art. Meet the work of #Artist & #Curator, #DouglasMiles. One of many pieces on display at #SHG for the #WhatTribeProject #exhibition, that explores Native American imagery, racism and culture. Angelenos, check it out and let the content move you… (before it travels to the next city)! On display @shg1970 until October 5th.

Posted on September 24th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

We were a long way from San Carlos, Salt River and Window Rock Arizona. We were with friends though. It was one of the hottest weeks in L.A. Even though we’re from AZ, we felt that California heat. Maybe we brought it from AZ? The What Tribe E.L.A. show was hosted by Self Help Graphics and curated by Douglas Miles. Our last venue was in Phoenix AZ. Denver University in Colorado kicked it off the What Tribe concept in Fall 2012. Now it has traveled to Los Angeles. Boyle Heights East Los to be exact.

What Tribe was meant to be a discussion on the negative proliferation of stereotypes of Native people and other ” tribes” in media. It still is. I wanted to allow artists to creative a proactive dialogue, not a reactionary one which we see too often via social media. However the show has now become a way to bring various ” tribes” together in tacit unity to have a greater discussion away from the environs of academia and art institutions that pander to an uninformed apathetic mainstream.

Via the What Tribe mural project, we wanted to reclaim and reinstate our own (Native) images via art in a larger context. As we shared with the diverse L.A. community our own perspective from our reservation city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and share our own aesthetic. Our unique tribal view is actually missing from one of the largest cities in the world. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from the art mainstream or society at large. Our art speaks for itself.

After having this discussion with Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence S.H.G.) and Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics) they suggested we do the wall at Self Help Graphics. I’m sure I’m leaving something out of this story. It’s only meant to detail the birth of the mural and not the exhibition itself.

Summers last gasp and the the WhatTRIBE Project co-existed. Follow now as the all-seeing eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project we did at Self Help Graphics & Art with Renelle White Buffalo , Thomas Breeze Marcus & Vyal Reyes. I .

Douglas Miles
WHAT TRIBE Project
Artist / Curator

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What Tribe Project ~ Self Help Graphics

Posted on September 17th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

What Tribe Project ~ Self Help Graphics

Posted on September 17th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

INSIDE Self Help Graphics Gallery in Boyle Heights, the walls become sacred space. It was important to pay homage to all artists who let me show their work: so I roll called them.

The WhatTribe Project Art Show was not about big names, fame or political correctness. It’s about addressing the issue of stereotype via constructive positive dialogue with artists in community. It was also (I hoped) an opportunity for emerging artists to work with more established ones in a new school fashion.

In the process of creating, curating and executing the show, I’ve made new friendships and strengthened old ones. Though I can’t speak for all artists or tribes, no matter where we’re from we have roots and specific social mores unique to our own families/tribes/cultures. Whether Native Californian or Native American, I wanted to show and share similarities we have. All of us are “tribal ” people in some manner.

We all have a lot of work to do in bringing communities , artists, leaders and tribes together around important issues we all face. I figured WHAT TRIBE was a good place to start. Hope you all get to see the show and of course there will be others. Right now I’m busy writing down thoughts on this show and it’s importance to the communities involved. Thank you all artists and friends that helped along the way. It’s only a beginning.

Instagram ID’s : @eribertooriol @mikemillerphoto @werewulfmicah @badwinds @breeze1phx @vyalone @avischarley @buffaloroamingla @tonatuatli @rageone @shg1970 @muse1971 @dmiles1_apache @deweytafoya @instapache1 @whattribeproject

Posted on September 15th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

This is the Rez whether you like it or not.
We didn’t ask for placement here but we’re here and I’m present.
I don’t got all the answers on how to get outta here.
Some institutions don’t want us to leave.
We’re easier to control, categorize and pitch that way.
I only have so much room in the truck.
I’m still looking for that part too.
Until then I’m literally low riding or hitching a ride.
You better jump in now. If you want to help then pitch in
But don’t complain while I’m driving.
I got a long ways to go still and it took forever just to get here. Though I might speak for others at times,
I can only truly speak for myself all the time.
What’s for lunch?

” Complain While I’m Driving”

Douglas Miles

Posted on September 13th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

” California Dreaming “
Thomas Breeze Marcus, D.Miles, Homie, Vyal and the wall at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights. This was a hot Sunday and we had to leave that day. We knocked this out. Of course we all worked together. What Tribe was a successful show and it will be up for the next month. Go see it. It features, Eriberto Oriol, Mike Miller, Werewulf Micah, Avis Charley, Jonathan Nelson and many more. Thank you J. Cuevas for the photo.
(Jeneratemedia)

Posted on September 13th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

This is a wall in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics. We opened the What Tribe Show there. Jeneratemedia took this pic and I edited it a little. It’s a mix of stencil work as well. I am learning this process as I go.

Posted on August 27th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

THE WHAT TRIBE PROJECT

Multi-Media Exhibition
Curated by Douglas Miles of Apache Skateboards

Thursday, September 5, 2013
7PM – Opening Reception

Special Artist Panel:
Saturday September 7, 2013
12PM

Self Help Graphics & Art invites you to What TRIBE, a dynamic multi-media exhibition curated by Douglas Miles, artist and founder of Apache Skateboards.

The What TRIBE project is designed to discuss negative stereotypical images of Native Americans in media and other diverse cultures. What TRIBE aims to provoke creativity not controversy, discussion not discrimination, and awareness not apathy. The reason being negative stereotypical, racist images of Native Americans (and other people of color) are now somewhat considered en vogue and might even go as far as to say fashionable. This project aims to counter and aid in the removal of these stereotypical images from the American pop culture visual landscape. What TRIBE uses photography, art, web media, film, and any means necessary to bring about a positive change for the future.

Eriberto Oriol / Mike Miller / Thomas Breeze Marcus / Werewulf Micah Wesley / Jasmin Rosales / Joel Rage 1 Garcia / Leslie Gutierrez-Saiz / Douglas Miles / Jonathan Nelson / Avis Charley / Angel Diaz / Luke Dorsett / Katie Beltran / Joseph Sanchez / Brandan Odums /

1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 

– Douglas Miles, Artist & Curator