Edgar Heap of Birds
Remembering in America
October 12 to December 1, 2007
This show will be a suite of mono prints which deal with Heap of Birds' vision of the Mayan Tree of Life as witnessed in Chiapas last year. The prints investigate a personal and tribal stance involving political and ceremonial values in Mexico and how this relates to his Cheyenne world view. The Mayan Tree of Life relates to the Standing House Poles at MOA-UBC, his 50 foot outdoor sculpture of 10 standing trees at the Denver Art Museum and the earth renewal ceremony of the North American Plains. All of these issues are examined with a personal poetics of text in his prints.
Heap of Birds is one of the original Aboriginal artists working in contemporary art. With Jimmie Durham and James Luna his work in visual art, intervention and performance has been an important influence on the development of First Nations contemporary art across North America.