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Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5 ins, oils, industrial enamels, collage on canvas,
Blue Wreck, 2013, 40 x 60 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas
Drastic Measures, 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oil, industrial enamels and collage on canvas
Kong 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas
Minerals, 2013, 71.5 x 118.5ins, oils, stickers, industrial enamels on canvas.
Street King, 2013, 50 x 36 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas.
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Mula, 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, collage, spray paint, stickers on wood
My Block, (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
My Block, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Poet 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Poet (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

DODGE WEST POSTER

Dodge West Statement. 2014

 Whereas the Wild West is an America heritage, its literature, movies and art are a global phenomenon.  Growing up in Ghana as a child in the 1960s and 70s I watched TV series such as Bonanza and the Lone Ranger. We reenacted cowboy combat scenes and collected chewing gum cowboy cards, which we used as currency to play poker. In those days, during Christmas the most coveted toy for a boy to have was a cap gun, because they were very rare especially in Ghana where no one ever saw a real gun.

 In retrospect, the mythologized Wild West has brought into scrutiny what actually happened from what is fiction. I am curious about anomalies and deviations of that history that may have been partially or fully ignored. For example, I am fascinated by the contributions of rugged female personalities such as Martha Jane Canary alias Calamity Jane, Stagecoach Mary Fields, Lillian Smith, Annie Oakley, and Pearl Hart, especially in a male-dominated occupation. In my research I was also intrigued by the fact that William Forbis in his book ‘The Old West’ (1973) states that nearly one cowboy in three was either Mexican or Black male.

 However the objective in this project is not to ‘illuminate’ additional biographies of notoriety but to shed light on alternative perceptions and formulations of the Wild West history, such as the role of assertive women, a play on the surreal as characters fade in and out of dream-states and the mashed-up style of representation where the inconsequential narrative becomes dominant.   

 The process of shooting the videos involved locations that were not transformed or repurposed. We approached each scene with prompted themes and relevant minor props but no scripted dialogues but improvised conversations. We adapted available objects, décor, weather conditions, and space on location upon which scenes were developed.

 The overarching concept was to approach the subject with nonlinear plots, by emphasizing experimentation and amplifying familiar myths and facts ‘bordering’ around duels, bar fights, raids, outlaws, gambling and debauchery. Furthermore there was little or no attempt to develop an elaborate and continuous narrative but ‘vignettes’ interwoven by video editing possibilities. 

 

Performers

Nick Butlak

Lauren Howard

George Afedzi-Hughes

Mary Johnson

Ian McCrohan

Lowell Merritt

Ruby Merritt

Brian Murchison

Jeff O’Connell

Cassandra Paul

Robert Rossi

Liz Rywelski

Dana Saylor

Gary Sczerbaniewicz

Necole Zayatz

Video

Jeff O’Connell

Corrina Waxman

Photography

Alex Derwick,

Anthony Dimezza,

Jayne Hughes           

Video & Sound Editing

George Afedzi-Hughes

Assistant Video & Sound Editing

Sams Malone

Special Thanks

John Jennings

Heather Kurdyla

Kara Lewis

Gary Nickard

Cassandra Paul

Nathan Paul

Reinhard Reitzenstein

Kelly Simpson

Mike Simpson

Gene Schwamberger

Anna Scime

Trey Zoupon

 

 

Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5 ins, oils, industrial enamels, collage on canvas,

Skoto Gallery, 529, W 20th St, #5, NY, NY,  10011, is pleased to present Collisions, an exhibition of recent paintings by the Ghanaian-born artist George Afedzi Hughes. This will be his second solo show at the gallery. The reception is Thursday, November 21st, 6-8pm, and the artist will be present. Exhibition ends on January 18th 2014.

George Afedzi Hughes's recent work uses art as a tool for cultural provocation by challenging contemporary systems of order and engaging notions of violence, including the consequences of misused power. He utilizes creative processes that reactivate imagery through a variety of media in which elements from diverse sources such as war machinery, military uniforms with epaulettes, automobiles, colonial / historical references are charged with meaning.

Blue Wreck, 2013, 40 x 60 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas

Drastic Measures, 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oil, industrial enamels and collage on canvas

Kong 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas

Minerals, 2013, 71.5 x 118.5ins, oils, stickers, industrial enamels on canvas.

Street King, 2013, 50 x 36 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas.

Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue

Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue

Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue

Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue

Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

Mula, 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, collage, spray paint, stickers on wood

My Block, (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

My Block, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

Poet 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

Poet (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood

DODGE WEST POSTER
Dodge-West-poster-2.jpg
Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 10.58.00 PM.png
Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5 ins, oils, industrial enamels, collage on canvas,
Blue Wreck, 2013, 40 x 60 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas
Drastic Measures, 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oil, industrial enamels and collage on canvas
Kong 2013, 30 x 66 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas
Minerals, 2013, 71.5 x 118.5ins, oils, stickers, industrial enamels on canvas.
Street King, 2013, 50 x 36 ins, oils, industrial enamels on canvas.
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Installation View: plastic cast, sand, stickers, nails, acrylics, spray paint, primer and glue
Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Bullet Holes, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Mula, 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, collage, spray paint, stickers on wood
My Block, (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
My Block, 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Poet 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood
Poet (detail) 2013, primer, acrylics, collage, enamel, spray paint, stickers on wood