The MCA changes its groove a bit with a new summer exhibit, Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, featuring imaginative work from L.A.-based artist Umar Rashid, under the nom de plume of Frohawk Two Feathers. The collection of paintings, works on paper and sculptures grew out of a fictionalized history of Rashid’s own invention, wherein France and England have combined in the eighteenth century to become Frengland; its narrative follows the imaginary empire on its colonial conquest of the New World, but his visual and conceptual slant is pointedly indigenous.
“His earlier works were woodblock prints or oil on canvas, but he’s mostly moved to making drawing/painting hybrids, using tea-stained paper treated to look older and with weathered edges that are ripped and torn,” co-curator Tricia Robson notes, adding that you will see shadow influences of Western art in the series, which includes portraits, battle scenes and maps. “There are a myriad of references to period styles in his work; a battle scene might look like old Native American ledger.” And in that vein, some new works that nod to Colorado and the Platte River — then known as the Tallow River — have been added to an ongoing story where truth and imagination often overlap.
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The exhibit continues at the MCA, 1485 Delgany Street, through September 9; go to www.mcadenver.org or call 303-298-7554.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 21. Continues through Sept. 9, 2012