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Ziindi Gallery Show

Ziindi: Indigenous Arts Showcase
and Zine Release Party

Saturday, March 3, 2012
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Civic Space Park  – Phoenix, AZ

An evening of live musical performances, spoken word, and more in celebration of Ziindi‘s debut issue.  Free to All Ages!

Featuring artists:

Jeff Slim
Jeremy Arviso
Thomas Greyeyes
Bahe Whitethorne Jr.
Shamie Encinas
Averian Chee
Damian Jim
ARMZ

Special Performance by:

Ethan 103

With the participation of the following nonprofit organizations:

Featuring booths by:

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Ziindi Vol 1.1

The first issue containing art from the following artists:
ARMZ, Averian Chee, Bahe Whitethorne Jr., Damian Jim, Jeff Slim, Jeremy Arviso, Shamie Encinas, and Tom Greyeyes.

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Tom Greyeyes

As a contemporary Navajo artist my work stretches from the stereotypical cliches of token Indians. My work is inspired by a variety of subjects such as protests, empire, the everyday dichotomy that colonized people carry. A sort of Navajo worldview lives in my artwork. This indigenous lens often guides my political agenda. My work is based on experiences as my Indigenous self and my urbanized self, which are always clashing. Through this contention, I make and understand my art.

Using a variety of mediums such as paint, printmaking, video and conceptual based work, I explore different ways to create art using non-traditional methods. I make art to challenge colonial ideas that are so detrimental to Indigenous peoples. At the same time it acts as social commentary bridging ideas and experiences from the contemporary Indigenous reality.

Navajo concepts of Hozho and K’e are the foundation of my beliefs as a human and an artist. Hozho is the beauty and harmony in the way you live your life. K’e relates to your relationship with your people, nature, and all of creation. My work is starting to gravitate around concepts of sustainability and ecology. Native peoples cultures are tied to the land. We are the land. It’s up to us to define who we are rather then the outsider defining us. Through my art I hope to push ideas of Indigenous self determination so we can be our own masters of our own future.
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Navajo Protest Artists Arrested
Flagstaff, AZ
On September 19th, 2011 @ 6:00 a.m. Thomas Greyeyes (Dine) and Elizabeth Grace Miles (San Carlos Apache) were arrested by Flagstaff Police for creating a street art installation that used organic sustainable materials.

The project used dirt, mud, and corn stalks to make site specific Installations that would bring attention to the highly controversial San Francisco Peaks (waste-water snow) issue. Flagstaff police cited the individuals for criminal damage.

The mainstream media has already misquoted Greyeyes and Miles in various publications lumping them in with other acts of protest. City officials immediately destroyed the art installations with a water hose, broom and dustpan. By 10:00 a.m. there was no trace of any art having ever been placed in public.

Greyeyes is currently majoring at ASU (Tempe) in Intermedia Arts. One of his current art assignments was called ” Without A Trace”. An assignment about making art that would not leave any trace in a community or public space.

He further explains his actions/artwork: “As a creative person, I thought of ways in which I could express my feelings for the Peaks issue. I felt the need to express our own native perspective and show the beauty in that. I wanted to make something that is conceptually and visually strong. Art is often considered to be something to hang on a wall. I was thinking in other ways that could be more powerful. I wanted to merge ideas of culture, protest, and art into one message. I needed to create something that would celebrate the relationship Indigenous people have with the land, our home.”

Grace Miles is an artist, musician of Apache /Navajo heritage and comes from a family of artists. She had strong feelings about the art installation as well and it’s message. Grace Miles added, “We did it for the love. For the people, for the land and for us. We’re artists, we make art, we’re the voice of the people, it’s what we do…”

According to Greyeyes, Dine activist, artist, and student, he felt his actions were necessary because the peaks issue was very close to his heart. He wanted to inspire other people to keep standing up for the Peaks, (a sacred place to 13 different tribes). He also wanted to describe through his art: ” the spirit and fight for protection of sacred Native sites is still with us.”

In recent months, twenty-eight (28) individuals have been arrested for various forms of civil disobedience. All actions of resistance have to been to halt the development (sky expansion and development related to artificial snow making) on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Shamie Encinas

My name is Shamie Encinas, I am Tohono O’Odham from the San Xavier Reservation. I graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelors in Fine Arts. I currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

My paintings have always been a reflection of my upbringing and myself. I paint keeping my Him-dag (history, traditions) close to my heart. I convey this with text and symbolism underneath the layers of bright colors.

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Jeremy Arviso

Jeremy Donavan Arviso is an artist and designer based in Tempe, AZ. He’s of the Navajo, Hopi, Pima and T’ohono O’odam nations. Jeremy enjoys traveling and is fortunate to have been able to see much o the World. His work is influenced by what he sees, hears and experiences in life.
http://www.rvsodsgn.com

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Jeff Slim

Influential elements of one’s life are constantly changing and evolving into something beautiful or gruesome. It’s within these shifts I find myself utilizing various mediums of art to convey these spellbound moments. It is a collection of sentimental memories of stories I have read, heard and experienced that are eventually transpired into my work. A continuous exploration of ways to communicate and connect with my surroundings.
http://www.theallelectrickitchen.tumblr.com

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Damian Jim

My name is Damian Jim and I’m a Dine Artist and graphic designer. I’m currently living and creating in Phoenix, AZ.

My creations vary from black and white pieces of fine and bold linework, to brightly colored digital works and mixed meida on canvas. I incorporate writing in both Dine and English in many pieces, fusing traditional and modern visual representations.
DamianJim.com

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Bahe Whitethorne Jr.

Bahe Whitethorne, Jr., is a Navajo (Dine), and a member of the Blackstreak Wood People clan. Bahe was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ., where he has been influenced in art by comic books, graphic novels, children’s picture books, and a big inspiration from his father, Baje Whitethorne, Sr., a renowned Navajo artist.

In 1996, Bahe began an interest in computers and has been working in Computer Graphics for several years. He took his interest to a more professional level and began work with an independent publishing company. In 2002, he started working for Salina Bookshelf, Inc. and during that time, he has helped developed Navajo language brochures, catalogs, posters and calendars, but mainly Navajo language children’s picture books. With a sparked ambition from Northland Press, a local southwest publishing company, Bahe, as a kid, with his father, used to hang out with the staff as they would oversee the printing of several children’s picture books that were written and illustrated by Baje Whitethorne, Sr. Bahe continues printing with the same spirit to each new book.

As technology progressed Bahe became interested in more complex digital graphics, digital film, digital 3D animation, and digital 3D special effects. His new inspirations as a Digital Visual/Art Director is, Ryan Church, Concept Design Supervisor for “Stars Wars Ep.II and Ep.III,” Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller’s “Sin City,” and Zack Snyder/Frank Miller’s “300.” And with newer technologies Bahe is able to create stunning digital artwork with simulated media software and a digital pen tablet. This new form of digital tool is currently being embraced by Hollywood Films, Video Games, and Animation, as part of the Pre-production, and Post-prodoction of development.

With Salina Bookshelf, Inc., an Award-Winning Publishing Company, Bahe works on developing new manuscripts into visual elements for picture books, series books, animations, and, until recently, films. In 2008, Bahe has just begun his career in painting. Studying, watercolor and acrylics, under his father he currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
http://www.bahewhitethornejr.com

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Averian Chee

The beginnings of Averian Chee didn’t immediately influence his passion for art, as drawings as a young boy were a way of passing the time and sharing with his mother. His way of life most recently began as he became a father to a young boy, his newest and most prized student. influences of his own childhood have been well examined as he now raises his son, Hanoltseh Chee.

Observations of revisited imaginations and classic cartoons have become renowned relics in Averian’s life and have now encouraged him to explore his second quarter of his life. Readings of surrealist literature and lyrical weavings of Dylanesque tunes strike a chord nowadays for his honing talent as a painter, but it is his foundation as a Navajo that holds the greatest resonance.

Being born Dine has been the most important precursor to his identity as a young man. Averian introduces himself as being a part of the Towering House People and takes pride in the morals taught him by the elders that surrounded his upbringing. Mentors have also changed his perception of becoming unique in an always challenging artistic environment. He accredits his knowledge of painting and finding style with story, to them. It is with these broad occurrences that Averian has channeled his interpretations through painting. His dry brush strokes of layered color and impressionistic movement has evolved his work recently to become his own.
Now as Averian delves into grasping this newly found style, he hopes to achieve in creating paintings of a nostalgic yet transitioning nature using Reservation life as his subject. Remembrance, is what he strives to capture.
avechee.wordpress.com

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ARMZ

This is from the black book of ARMZ, a public artist working worldwide to instill the existence of the human relationship with nature.

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