Monday, June 27, 2022
Friday, June 10, 2022
The Sense of SmellMy favorite scents growing up in Fresno California were the four 0'Clock's, Mexican morning glories. In the springtime, olive blossoms smelled so good with the morning dew. I grew up on a street called Lemon, that street was lined with olive trees, chinaberry trees, maple trees, and in our back yard we had trees that framed the yard.
|@Photos from The Farmer Fred Rant|
|@Photo is from The Farmer Fred Rant|
|Photo by Ina Lunkenheimer, Pankow Berlin Germany 2011|
This summer while I was in Pankow I visited a neighborhood park, where we painted the landscape. While sitting there calming my spirit I was reflecting on my childhood memories. The trees I remember most because we had shade in the summertime, and we also hugged the trees. I climbed the trees as far as I could go up until my mother called me down. I loved those trees I loved how excited I felt climbing from limb to limb, searching for fruit, and perching on the just-right limb as I watched the other kids playing.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Monday, May 16, 2022
Bruton_ Alpha_ Biographical Profile
Alpha Bruton is a painter and an environmental installation artist who synthesizes set design, film theatre, sculpture, and other two-dimensional forms. Alpha Bruton creates environmental art installations where objects and images are selected to "serve as cultural mirrors," The sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary. She believes that objects in the public sphere communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies. She feels that she makes artwork that demands the audience to confront art and activism issues; she also makes art representational and provocative. What inspires her most is the feeling that she has a social responsibility as an artist to record history and to thrust awareness about life and the earth upon the viewer—to cast another perspective from which to view the world.
Her curatorial practice is the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. The Phantom Galleries are temporary exhibitions in nontraditional gallery settings. She is a co-author and researcher for Pop Up Research Station and Creative Conversation, a portal where curators nationally share knowledge, resources of best practices, ongoing professional development, and a place for moral support to enhance our collective impact while staging pop-up exhibitions. As a chief curator, she has challenged collaborating artists to present temporary installations that engage in public interaction by experimenting with every possible combination and playing around with a genuine approach to each investigation from the beginning to the end. These new installations are a window to the imaginary, a summons, and an overture to a dialogue.
In the last decade, she has traveled nationally and internationally created art as an artist-in-resident engaging community in artmaking. She has created temporary installations in City Lots, along the pedestrian walkway, in National Forest Preserves, on Land Trust to Conservatorships, empty storefronts as alternative spaces, and Museum settings.
She is currently represented by Gallery Guichard of Chicago, IL, and a 2021 Curatorial Fellow at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. Examining the State of the Environment, "Either Wrong or Right Just Examine."
Illinois: Bronzeville Art District, Common Grounds Overton Project, "Anarchitectural Library 2019- 2020, Chicago Cultural Center Architecture Biennial, "Peace Tower" Mark di Suvero, Chicago Cultural Center, Griffin Gallery, Gallery Guichard, Experimental Station, Evanston Art Center, Murphy Hill Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Roger Brown Gallery, Tarble Art Center Eastern Illinois University, William G. Hill Gallery. California: Los Angeles Jovenes Art Park, Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Visual Arts Development Project in Sacramento. International Society of Altar Making. Florida: Miami Art Week/Art Basel in Overton, Florida, Kroma Art Space, Coconut Grove. Virginia: Artomatic in Crystal City, Virginia.
International projects: Art on Armitage, Chicago - Supermarket 2015 Stockholm Sweden Independent Art Fair, Berlin, Pankow East Berlin, Hannover, a Global Art Space/Berlin Art Club, International Art Group., "Encounters" Vancouver Canada, Sacramento California, and Mexico City, Mexico.
Statement about the artwork in the exhibition:
I started painting spirit keepers in the early '80s. Not in reproduction, but periodically I have been asked to collaborate with other installation artists, poets, or altar builders, using my spirit keeper paintings of women to represent the four directions. The rituals at the heart of the Shamanic path are the contract to live in harmony with nature, self, community, and spirit.
When painting, I believe in the positive, life-affirming, and carry that flag of positive power while creating the work. As taught through Native American knowledge, using the four directions is deeply embedded with symbolism and guidance for transformation. Smudging and cleaning the space is the preparation.
Spirit Keeper, "Lilith," Acrylic on Paper,
Spirit Keeping is the act of keeping spirits of once, living entities as friends & companions, typically bound to a vessel or yourself. People who do this are known as Spirit Keepers. In its most basic form of conjuring a spirit & conversing with it or giving it a task. It is meant to converse with spirits for a purpose, ask a question, ask them for help, and ask for guidance, usually for a temporary amount of time, not for an ongoing life choice.
All spirits come of their own, free will to choose to spend their time with a Spirit Keeper. Spirits provide insight into life that cannot otherwise be obtained. They can help you with countless things throughout your daily life & your paranormal path. This way, they know they cannot be tampered with, encroached upon, or otherwise impeded upon by anyone other than yourself.
Spirit Keeper "Quietest Moment Before the Dawn," Acrylic on Paper
Why paint the Lilith myth? I do not believe she is a myth. I believe in the power of angles that they are all around us, Hebrew 1:6 "Let all the angels of God worship him." Hebrew 13:1 "Love your fellow Christian always, do not neglect to show hospitality. It is said that this spirit can affect our homes as well as our churches. This spirit causes division and even attacks our children. This spirit is also associated with seduction. It moves like the wind swift.
The Sumerians were powerful people, and like all the histories of mighty empires, and their way of worship, has been distorted depending on who is recording their narrative. First, Sumer was an ancient civilization founded in the Mesopotamia region of the Fertile Crescent situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Known for their innovations in language, governance, architecture, and more, Sumerians are considered the creators of civilization as modern humans understand it. Second, their control of the region lasted for a short of 2,000 years before the Babylonians took charge in 2004 B.C.
I keep the blaze of fevor
For life and love
I am OYA
Spirit Keeper of fire
Think of me when life for you
Is bleak and hope is gone
Look into my eyes for the flame and see exciting journeys ahead
Do not be afraid to love and hope
My lover’s heart SHANGO
I keep forevermore
Imprisoned at the base of my skull
I reignite intensity for love
Passed down through endless
©1993 Akili Jaye Poet
© 1993 Sculpture Installation, created at Anita Posey Lowe’s Pit fire, red clay dirt, Auburn California.
Monday, April 25, 2022
Friday, July 9, 2021
Re-posted by Alpha Bruton
Remember the lyrics to the song from the late 60's by the 5th Dimension
When the moon is in the Seventh House
I dreamed your cosmic energy
and asked no permission
I boldly stepped foot
into your unconscious
As you slept
And shaped your spirit
I traced the steps of your life
and formed the patterns that
shaped your very Being
I hold the Spirit of
and send from the west
Aboriginal life forms
that keep the patterns
I take you there.
I Dreamed of you.
©1993 Akili Jaye ©1993 Alpha Bruton Paintings from Sojourner Truth Art Museum Mural, "Journey Through True Life"
Spirit Keepers My Journey
In the painting “Adore Your Self,” I wanted the image to be so alluring that the viewer stops in front of her to inhale the model's mood and feel the inner spirit of loving oneself.
The next day everything was fine, I will never forget the fright, the horrible feeling of ………….What if?
I was there when my cousin Ruby heard the news she had lung cancer. That was in November, she went to the hospital to have surgery. They stitched her back up and told her there was nothing that they could do. Cancer had already taken a fourth of her lung. She found out only because she was throwing up blood. Then came the months of chemotherapy. When I saw her again that summer, she was so gone. She was frail, holding on; she did not make it a year. She was the most beautiful cousin in the family, and then she was gone that September of 2005.
My sister-in-inlaw Althea is a survivor of cancer. She is in remission these days. I remember when she was so sick, and the strength of her kids, being there for her, no matter what brought her back to life, she has had countless times of being in and out of the hospital. When I saw her last 2009, she looked aged but a survivor.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Re-posted by Alpha Bruton from Eileen Miller's Post
You are moving into a higher than ever energy week and staying grounded during this time is very important. Touching base with the tree family and being out in Nature will be very beneficial to you.
Also, soaking in a tub of warm water with Epsom salt or sea salt will help keep your auric field in good repair. And of course, the most important element during this time is to keep your "thoughts" and "intentions" on your "highest vision of yourself" and your World, for "what you focus upon will create" the New Earth First Light manifesting on Earth.
Be present and accounted for as one who co-created this into manifestation.
You are moving into higher dimensions of Love and this will affect each person in different ways but will most definitely be a profoundly felt experience. The worries and concerns that have been carried within the hearts of All will cease to make such a big impact upon your daily lives as each person turns within, gratefully releasing the last vestiges of third-dimensional consciousness and surrenders to a new higher level of union with their Angelic Self. From this place of awareness and consciousness will come empowerment to cooperate and co-create a new Earth, one in which Universal consciousness can become our reality.
Many who have been doing the work will have their epiphany moments and will expand their knowingness to a greater level of awareness of the current opportunity to create more beauty in the World with our Love. As you become more conscious of the habitual patterns of expression that need to be changed in your quest to develop a more Universal consciousness, greater amounts of light can enter your very cells and as this occurs, a greater expansion of your multi-dimensional operating system will begin to unfold. Learning to observe yourselves from a higher vantage point will help you take a quantum leap into higher consciousness as you begin to understand how to step out of the old paradigm and create your new reality.
It is all about you, you have the vast potential within you. The seeds you are planting by the new Path that you blaze will take root and grow in and magnificent ways that will bring Unity within yourselves and will then radiate out into the world around you. You are the catalysts that foster creative and peaceful change as you step forward in your true and authentic Self and thus empower those in your sphere of influence to view their own unlimited possibilities. One is empowered there is an energetic interplay that occurs between others of your Tribe and soon all are living and striving to be their highest and best Selves.
Truly we say the best is yet to come and your intention to participate during these most opportune moments adds greatly to the whole of Creation in ways that are yet unimagined.
"As my outside ages, I plan to become stunningly beautiful on the inside." The more you judge and find weaknesses in those around you, the harder God will judge you.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Gervontae S. Laney
Was one of the shining stars of the family
He will be missed
Light a candle
Remember he was 17
A link in a chain now broken
Comfort their souls, with tears
Marqueese, Jaleesa, Gerald Glenn Jr,
Nichole, Myshel, DD, Kevon,
Gerontae, Gervelle, Gerhonda, Geriyja,