Sometimes I Make Art – Douglas Miles | Durango CO | Apache Concepts mural | Man Against Nature Society & Self |
Sherri Wiletto from The Buffalo Council at the Apache Concepts mural by Artist Douglas Miles in cold Durango CO
APACHE CONCEPTS Mural on Durango CO Sponsored by the Buffalo Council from Fort Lewis College: Douglas Miles Artist
The Family That Sprays Together Stays Together
THIS WAS WAR
When she wasn’t looking
I studied her.
Every line, curve,
Shape and shadow
Each angle no matter where light fell
Was designed to stun,
Subvert and arrest normal thought
Into a dream state.
You had to know this
If not you might never return.
This was war
And it took place
Each time I saw her
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.
Curator: What Tribe
All photos by Eriberto Oriol.
O broken angel
Thanks for liking all my stuff.
I liked you at Hello.
Then you slipped off
Like a rent-to-own van at night
I shoulda turned the TV off
Closed the curtains and sat tight.
Shoulda turned off all the lights
Took my mind with you.
I knew I shoulda just paid it all.
I shoulda never let you in
I shoulda never let you go
Can I have my heart back though
It’s kinda used.
You can keep the love seat
And dirty couch
” 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.