HOCK E AYE VI (Edgar Heap of Birds)
Born 1954 in Wichita, Kansas
In 1982, an agit-prop word piece by Edgar Heap of Birds appeared on a computer-controlled billboard located atop the old Allied Chemical building in Times Square. Along with fellow postmodernist Jenny Holzer, the Cheyenne-Arapaho artist was one of twelve selected for "Messages to the Public," a project co-sponsored by Spectacolor and the Public Art Fund of New York. The artist, who received a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia appeared in the I-80 series the same year. His installation at the Joslyn Art Museum consisted of four "word pieces," known collectively as "Understanding the Uniqueness of an Ethnic Entity"and "He Said, She Said" and composed of acrylic and die cut letters on wallboard. It also contained four large acrylic paintings with patterns reminiscent of military camouflage, but inspired by a bird's eye view of fallen leaves on the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal reservation lands in western Oklahoma. The UNO edition completed in 1986 reproduces one of the paintings belonging to a series titled "Neuf", which is the Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) word for the cosmologically significant number four.
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1986; color lithograph; sheet: 22 1/2 x 38 (55.8 x 96.52); edition of 12