Tears of Rage


by Jaque Fragua, Jemez Pueblo

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    Jaque FraguaJemez PuebloMixed Medium

    Tears of Rage

    The series is called "Separate Savage Realities".

    The inspiration comes from a few places. In terms of concept, the pieces deal with the disintegration of Native culture by way of super technologies such as retina display computers, smartphones, satellites, the internet, and social media applications. A lot of my vision comes from expressionism. And in this case, I found a way to channel the impulses of what I feel when I detox from such modern tools.

    Also, I gained inspiration from the William S. Burroughs cut-up technique. The author used to take pages of his writing, cut them with scissors, and substitute lines on the page with lines from a passage from another piece of paper and what was found was a new dialogue, a subconscious one that reminds me of deja vu or when your dreams come to life. I started the painting out as one canvas and cut it up into six pieces which were then adhered to the masonite panels. I recently just started to employ this technique and it seems to bring out a whole new excitement to the story, similar to finding the best angle when shooting a photograph.

    The title kind of says it all. It's separated savagely into six different worlds of indigenous existence at present-moment. It's almost a look at what a modern Native family might be feeling.

    Art is a Western concept that separates itself from everyday life and into a conundrum of luxury. Art may be perceived as unnecessary, beguiling, and pretentious. However, I believe Art to be an everyday activity, as vital as drinking eight glasses of water. My first language has no word for Art. Although, the traditions I have been raised in are over-flowing with Art. From the pre-historic petroglyphs/pictographs to ceremonial pottery and head-dresses, designs, lines, color, symbols, metaphors, technique, and composition can be found in the physical manifestation of visions we now call Art. I create art within nature and exposed to elements in order to spark dialogue and action.

    Jaque Fragua is an acclaimed multi-media artist from New Mexico. From his cultural background, he has developed a yearning for creativity and for the intrinsic process that is Art. Experimenting with various mediums, such as aerosol, found-objects, earthworks, poetry, & music, messages of civil unrest, social justice, emotional introspection, and personal healing have heartened his unique perspective on life through art. Fragua has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in turn, has taught many community-based workshops, such as mural projects/public-art studies, and studio classes for figure drawing & painting. Fragua has worked with fine establishments such as Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, & Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to produce progressive/innovative exhibits concerning the plight of Native America.

    2005-2006 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; New Media Arts major

    Professional Affiliations
    2006 – 2007 Chocolate Helicopter
    Art Collective
    Project Coordination, Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration, & Painting
    2007 – Present Black Sheep Art Collective
    Non-profit Native American Youth Organization
    Project Coordination, Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration, & Painting
    2010 – Present Dancing Earth
    Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations
    Company Dancer

    Public Art Clientele
    Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe, NM; October 2006. Mural project on 600 sq. ft. wall outside Fort Marcy park facility. In conjunction with Warehouse 21, Jennifer Costas, & sponsored by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and 1% Lodgers Tax.
    The Hair Place and More, San Francisco, AZ; October 2007. 4 ft. x 20 ft. mural project depicting urban scene with barber shop. In conjunction with Black Sheep Art Collective.
    North Country Health Care, Flagstaff, AZ; December 2007. 600 sq. ft. mural project on stairwell, depicting a universal dance of peace in a setting of Native American cosmology. In conjunction with Black Sheep Art Collective, Shonto Begay, Baje Whitethorne.
    Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM; August 2008. 600 sq. ft mural project in fashion studio depicting objects/materials for fashion design and creativity. In conjunction with Jennifer Costas.
    Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM; October 2008. Project direction, design & painting of a 25 ft . x 10 ft. mural in office, depicting the youthful willpower through positive action and creativity.
    Flag Tee Factory, Flagstaff, AZ; June 2009. 12 ft. x 40 ft. mural project depicting an unearthing and appreciation of Flagstaff’s history and environmental awareness for the future. In conjunction with Black Sheep Art Collective, Urban Lifeways Project, & Northern Arizona University.
    Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC; June 2009. Project direction, design & painting of a 8 ft. x 20 ft. mural on skateboard half-pipe ramp.
    Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM; August 2009. Project direction, design, & painting of a 400 sq. ft. mural installation depicting a Native American household environment. In conjunction with Black Sheep Art Collective.
    El Rey Theater, Albuquerque, NM; September 2010. 120 ft. x 25 ft. mural collaboration with Chris Stain & Lichiban called “Contemporary Traditions,” in conjunction with “Street Arts,” curated by 516 ARTS.
    Scion Toyota Motor Corporation, Albuquerque, NM; November 2010. Public art demonstration and installation using do-it-yourself techniques such as stenciling & wheatpasting. The demo was a local fundraiser for 516 ARTS sponsored by the Scion x-CHANGE program.
    Laru Ni Hati, Albuquerque, NM; November 2010. Project direction, design, & painting of a 30 ft. x 4 ft. rooftop mural called “Authentic.”
    Factory Fresh, Brooklyn, NY; March 2011. 80 ft. x 20 ft. mural collaboration with Yatika Fields, inspired and directed to the recovery for Japan .
    Osage Language Dept. Building, Pawhuska, OK; May 2011. Project direction, workshop, & painting of a 40 ft. x 100 ft. mural for the Osage tribal youth, organized by Ryan Redcorn.
    Nob Hill on Route 66, Albuquerque, NM; September 2011. Mural organized by Ernest Doty, including Ryan Montoya. 100 ft. x 20 ft mural depicting the social and environmental ills of Native Americans.
    Wallspace, San Francisco, CA; October 2011. Mural spaces in designated areas of the Tenderloin district to enhance to community’s visual environment. Collaboration w/ Spencer Keeton Cunningham. Organized by Wallspace.
    NoDa Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC; November 2011. A mural commissioned to revitalize and blend with the mission of the independent nature of the company. Collaboration w/ Yatika Fields. Organized by the Arts & Culture Initiative of Charlotte.
    Kohn Compound, Miami, FL; December 2011. Murals inspired and created by the American Indian Mural Krew in Wynwood Arts District to introduce an indigenous presence in the contemporary art world, during Miami Art Basel.
    Downtown on Broadway, Tucson, AZ; February 2012. The title of the project called “Can’t Ban History,” is an 8 ft. x 80 ft. long wall that expresses a disdain for the SB1070/HB2281 legislation, and all other oppressive/racial injustice.
    Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, AZ; August 2012. The Hour Has Arrived: Native Public Art: A project to bring the indigenous public art movement to the forefront of the World’s largest Indian art market.

    Cafe Desta, Tucson, AZ; November 2012. A mural installed in Tucson’s historical Barrio Viejo to acknowledge Native American Heritage month. The wall reads “UNITE” as a call to all communities indigenous and non-indigenous.

    Kohn Compound, Miami, FL; December 2012. Murals inspired and created by the American Indian Mural Krew in Wynwood Arts District to proliferate the presence of Native American Contemporary Art.

    San Juan, Puerto Rico; December 2012. A mural project to reinvigorate the Taino indigenous culture and it’s inspiration to the communites of San Turce, Caguas, and La Perla. Support by MTN Colors Caribbean.

    Selected Art Exhibitions: Group & Individual
    2006 Institute of American Indian Arts Musuem, Santa Fe, NM, Student Spring Exhibition
    2006 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, Relations: Indigenous Dialogue
    2006 Kirk Norlin Studio + Gallery, Denver, CO, Chocolate Helicopter Presents: Extant/Extinct
    2007 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Native Vinyl
    2007 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Toys & Tales
    2008 Think Visual Gallery, Point Arena, CA, Speaking from the Earth
    2008 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Blazing Saddles
    2008 Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM, Native Underground
    2009 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, Ramp It Up
    2009 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Native Pulse
    2009 Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Home Is Where The Art Is
    2010 Tonatierra Institute, Phoenix, AZ, Resource Recourse
    2010 FireGod Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, FireGod Gallery Presents
    2010 Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Rubbish
    2010 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM, The Populist Phenomenon
    2011 FireGod Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, Vision Quest
    2012 Beals And Abbate Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ, Cowboy & Injuns
    2012 SB’s Late-night Lunchbox, Las Cruces, NM, Prints, & the Revolution
    2012 Santa Fe Hilton, Santa Fe, NM, The Hour Has Arrived: Interiors
    2012 Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA, Marketplace

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    Santa Fe Reporter, May 10, 2006.
    Fischer, Zane, “Foursome,” Santa Fe Reporter, May 24, 2006.
    Katz, Tristan M. “Young Hotties,” Santa Fe Reporter, June 7, 2006.
    Fischer, Zane, “Confounding Conformity,” Santa Fe Reporter, August 23, 2006.
    Mitchell, Charles Dee. “Beyond the great interruption: the Institute of American Indian Arts recently sponsored the First Indigenous Biennial, featuring artists from the U.S. and Canada,” Art in America, Oct, 2006.
    Conn, Cyndi. “Seven Emerging Artists,” Santa Fe Trend, V8#1, Spring 2007.
    Fischer, Zane. “Two Looks At Youth,” Santa Fe Reporter, August 22, 2007.
    Gomez, Gabe. “Best Experimental Band, Because It’s Always Good to Hear Outside the Box,” Santa Fe Reporter, July 23, 2007.
    Zolnick, Mike. “A Big Pile Of Trash,” Santa Fe Reporter, August 16, 2010.
    Salem, Nancy. “Albuquerque: Street Art Comes Alive in New Mexico,” art ltd. magazine, January 2011.
    Bear, John. “Best of Burque: Community Picks,” Weekly Alibi, April 7, 2011.
    Bear, John. “Culture Shock,” Weekly Alibi, April 28, 2011.
    Robertson, Josh. “Street Artist Jaque Fragua Helps Osage Youth Create Mural In Pawhuska,” Indian Country Today, May 24, 2011.
    Chisholm, Christie. “On Native Ground: Jaque Fragua,” Localflavor, August, 2011.
    Robertson, Josh. “American Indian Mural Krew Takes Miami,” Indian Country Today, January 7, 2012.
    Rose, Joshua. “Street, stone and bronze,” Western Art Collector Magazine, March, 2012.
    Quintana, Chris. “Artists shake up market with unconventional methods,” Santa Fe New Mexican, August 18, 2012.

    2011 Fellow, Malcolm & Connie Goodman Fellowship, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
    2012 Artist, The Rising Artists Project Artist Residency, Santa Fe Indian Market & Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque, NM.
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