Nov

03

Frohawk Two Feathers: Afrofuturism and the Colonial Imaginary

In bringing the uncertainty of the past, present, and future together within one portrait, he simultaneously questions and asserts agency over the validity of the historical narrative. For the individual viewer, this might personally challenge viewers to question how their stories will be told and recalled. More largely and philosophically, his work might encourage us to do as Alcocer suggests in altering the history and ideology of both the present and future.

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Sep

09

A Smile That Ain’t A Smile But Teeth: New Works by Umar Rashid

In his examination of self, Rashid presents a rich body of work and an enticing series of questions about the same topics that haunt the Frenglish Empire – the role of influential and pejorative stereotypes, racism, capitalism, and imperialism. Here, we see Two Feathers as Rashid and the reverse – something Rashid described as a “trompe-l’œil effect of Two Feathers without the long extensive narrative story.” In that sense, Rashid replaces the epic historical narrative with a more personal, contemporary American narrative – though I would argue that the Frenglish and American worlds and messages are far more similar than they are different.

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Jul

01

Myth, Midtopia, and Mapping: Frohawk Two Feathers and the Making of the Frenglish Empire

Los Angeles-based artist Frohawk Two Feathers is known for inventive and complex narratives that re-imagine 18th century history. Since 2006 he has chronicled the mythic global struggles between two imaginary superpowers—the kingdom of Holland and Zeeland and the empire of Frengland, (a combined France, the United Kingdom and Ireland). This installment of the story takes place between 1787 and 1789 in the area that today is New York and New Jersey. Based on extensive research into the actual history and geography of the region, the artist has created intricate ink and acrylic portraits of the main protagonists, narrative scenes and maps, flags of the warring nations, drums and additional artifacts. A mashup of real and invented history, his vivid retelling is both playful and provocative.

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Nov

11

Fact, Fiction, & Friction: Frohawk Two Feathers

In an age of grayish truth, I welcome the friction Frohawk’s work creates. It reflects and refracts my murky worldview in many ways, all while illuminating mistruths, mishaps, and mistake of our American mythologies.

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