Frohawk Two Feathers @ Heiner Contemporary
Frohawk Two Feathers: "Every Winter Was A War," She Said
April 27 - June 9, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 6-8 pm
Heiner Contemporary is delighted to announce Frohawk Two Feathers: "Every Winter Was A War," She Said, a solo exhibition of work by the Los Angeles based artist. Featuring portraits on paper, the exhibition presents women warriors from Two Feathers' imagined Frenglish Empire. Although female protagonists have always played an important role in the artist's histories, this is the first time he has devoted an entire exhibition to them.
Civil wars and revolutionary uprisings provide the backdrop to Two Feathers' elaborate cast of characters, all of whom are tied directly or indirectly to Frengland, a blend of late 18th century French and British colonial powers. Born out of the artist's desire to create an ancestry for himself after researching his own lineage proved difficult, Two Feathers' fictional civilization is as robust as it is realistic. Set in actual and imagined places like Haiti, Jamaica, and "Batavia," Two Feathers' work explores themes of imperialism, oppression, power, revolt, and status. Drawing from both historical and contemporary sources, Two Feathers crafts an epic tale that is surprisingly -- or perhaps not so surprisingly -- familiar to the modern viewer.
Frohawk Two Feathers was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has had recent exhibitions at Morgan Lehman (New York), Taylor De Cordoba Gallery (Los Angeles), and Stevenson (Cape Town, South Africa) and will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado in June 2012. His work is in the collections of The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Progressive Corporation, and the 21C Museum and has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among others.