DEEDEE CHERIEL X FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS
NOVEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 4, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7-10 PM
Campfire Gallery is pleased to present a two-art exhibition featuring Los Angeles-based artists Deedee Cheriel and Frohawk Two Feathers. The show runs November 12 – December 4, 2016 and there will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, November 12, 7-10 p.m.
Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s. Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes – both urban and natural – and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.
Deedee Cheriel has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been featured in numerous print and online publications including Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, LAX Magazine, Modern Luxury and Bl!ss Magazine.
FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS
In 2005, I set out to create approximately 300 + years of alternate history spanning from 1642-1890. My narrative is based upon the supposition that after the English Civil War ended in 1642, France and England were merged into a global super empire known as Frengland. In addition to focusing on the day-to-day operations of empire, I also focus heavily on the issues of race, gender, class, and power within it. And as a global narrative, I work in a wide range of styles, mediums, and formats, as I research and explore the cultures of the world. My work is not only informed by the past but also reaches forward and draws inspiration from the present, notably urban, pop culture, hip hop, and gang culture. Currently, I’m creating a narrative dealing with my reinterpretation of Latin America’s colonial past from Los Angeles to Lima, and beyond. The works in this show include a series of mini portraits and are an extension of a previous chapter of my re-imagined history dealing with the San Francisco bay area and the conflicts that arose from the settlers, and missionary’s interactions with the indigenous population in a series I’ve titled ‘The War of the Crosses.’
Frohawk Two Feathers was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his BA from Southern Illinois University At Carbondale, Carbondale, IL in 2000 and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. His work has been reviewed in major publications including Art In America, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.