Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds:
Do Not Dance for Pay


Exhibition Dates: February 10 – May 12, 2018

Opening Reception: February 10, 5-8pm

Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds

Through public art pieces, biting political text-based work, poetry, large-scale drawings, monoprints, signs, and more intimate abstract paintings, Heap of Birds purposefully subverts the power dynamics between the privileged and the marginalized, conventional society and the reservation. His multifaceted oeuvre rejects the separation between protest and poetry, taking aim at a history which obscures the Native population. For his “Native Hosts” series (begun in the late 1980s), Heap of Birds manipulates institutional regulatory signs which he then installs in outdoor public spaces. He repurposes these ubiquitous place markers, identifying the tribes that lived there prior to colonization, explicitly asserting the historical sovereignty of Native nations. Displacing the authority of the state by printing the official name of the site backwards, these slyly subversive works remind the public of an unpleasant history, subtly positioning the Native world in ascendance.

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