Dyani White Hawk and Heid E. Erdrich featured in Kenwood neighborhood
'Value' (Charcoal and beads, stitched canvas and 19th Century Ledger Paper) by Dyani White Hawk
One of the most wonderful little corners in Minneapolis exists on 21st Street and Penn Avenue, just west of Lake of the Isles. While it's possible that you have never passed by the area because it's tucked away in the Kenwood neighborhood, now would be a good time to make a little trek over there to check out Dyani White Hawk's debut solo show at Bockley Gallery and to pick up a copy of Heid E. Erdrich's Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems at Birchbark Books.
Tiospaye (Extended Family) by Dyani White Hawk
One of the most remarkable pieces in the White Hawk exhibit is Tiospaye (Extended Family), a three-panel acrylic painting with porcupine-quill work imbedded into it. In the painting are three thick horizontal stripes of red, white, and blue paint, bordered by rows of what look like houses stacked together. Within the stripes are thin lines of quill work, which you have to approach closely to see how detailed they've been woven. The paint is both vivid and smudged around the edges. White Hawk seems to be both embracing two sides of her identity, but also struggling with them.
'Torn' by Dyani White Hawk
As for Erdrich's book of poems, it is an immense read, full of achingly painful imagery as well as good humor. Erdrich is a master at creating profound and beautiful imagery that reads in a very accessible but also complex way. You can get the book online, of course, but do yourself a favor and stop by the store, and check out Bockley Gallery (open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday) while you're at it. You'll be glad you did.
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