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First Row Images:

 

8th Wonder: Portal to Los Angeles, Past, Present, and Future

wood and acrylic spray paint

8 x 6 x 3 feet, as installed at Transformative Arts HQ

2021

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Second Row Image:

 

Per Capita

acrylic on cow hide

41 x 73 inches, as installed at Transformative Arts HQ

2021

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

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Per Capita: Hortense, Mahalia, Grace, Lamar, Biko, Wanda, Trell, Big Trell, Lucius, Stephanie, Rita, Candy

acrylic on paper over panel

7 x 7.5 inches per panel, as installed at Transformative Arts HQ

2021

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

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Trickster

cotton aplique on linen, gold thread

42 x 88 inches, as installed at Transformative Arts HQ

2019

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

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I found the A, with Ivan Mora

broken car windshields, spray paint, steel, love

42 x 53.5 x 35.5 inches, as installed at Transformative Arts HQ

2018

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

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Colonial Fabric Softener: 11. Young lovers on a cargo wagon full of poison.

ink on paper mounted on board

7 x 5.5 inches

2019

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Colonial Fabric Softener: 16. First contact with the friendly Mandan. A gift of exotic poison. 17. Drink party. 18. A sober agreement of friendship in the morning. Mugwayan translates but is concerned.

ink on paper mounted on board

7 x 16.5 inches

2019

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Colonial Fabric Softener: 1. 1794 St. Bertrand (St. Louis) Mugwayan, Shoshone trapper and interpreter prepares to execute her abusive Frenglish husband, while Pompey, body slave to the Bonnie Prince Charles Sidney looks on. 2. The heat is on. Abusive ex really begins to cook. Pompey is like, damn! 3. The Bonnie Prince Charles Signey, former Pharaoh of Novum Eboracum (New York) and his lover, Achille St. Marc, explorer and fighter from the Caribbean, finish the immolation show and invite Mugwayan to join them on their journey to the Pacific.

ink on paper mounted on board

7 x 16.5 inches

2019courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Colonial Fabric Softener: 13. Female water bearers with children. Grueling work. 12. Field hands with bags of poison. 14. Cattle as food for the journey. Historical origin of Omaha steaks. 15. Brubeck band for show and rhythm on the march.

ink on paper mounted on board

7 x 22 inches

2019

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Colonial Fabric Softener, 26. A fusilier is killed whilst relieving himself. The hunters prepare to attack the trespassers. 27. Three trespassers get sent to the afterlife in a hail of arrows. 28. With the element of surprise lost, the fusiliers use the bison as a shield while the Dakota hunters plan their final assault. 29. The fusiliers, now bolstered by courage and fear shoot their single-shot rifles into the woods. The Dakota hunters have anticipated their move and maneuvered behind them. 30 The remaining fusiliers are killed in close-quarter combat. 31. Pompey delivers the heads of the fusiliers to Sidney at Leroi, The Pleasure Tent while receiving a shave from St. Marc. 32. Sidney, enraged at the loss of his men urges military action against the Dakota while Mugwayan and Pompey urge restraint.

ink on paper on board

7 x 38.5 inches

2019

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

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Disrupt the Economy of the Enemy through Infiltration and Make them Recognize Your Power

unique zero graphic transfer print with ink and acrylic on birch panel

12 x 9 inches

2017

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

Worker’s Unite

unique zero graphic transfer print with ink and acrylic on birch panel

12 x 9 inches

2017

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

 

All Power to the Women

unique zero graphic transfer print with ink and acrylic on birch panel

12 x 9 inches

2017

courtesy of the artist and Transformative Arts. photo:

Monica Nouwens

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Interview with Umar Rashid, C.O.L.A. Visual Artist Fellow 2021

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Umar Rashid’s largest installation to date, PER CAPITA continues the artist’s ongoing interest in the presentation of history, place and its weaponization, particularly against people of color.

 

Expanding on his sculptural practice, Rashid describes his interest in the particular history and mythology of the Ishtar Gate in relation to colonial Los Angeles. Accompanying Rashid’s reimagined Ishtar Gate structure is an amalgamation of bright, playfully rendered decapitated heads in painted works, acting as cultural signifiers for both the historical trajectory of power and conquering, while also critiquing the acceptance of systems as individuals of populations. PER CAPITA presents Rashid’s vision of an overarching and all inclusive history, one that encourages viewers to consider the following: Who are the people that move through gates? Who is remembered? Who is forgotten? And what does it say to you as an individual and as part of the society we live in today?

 

PER CAPITA is on view at Transformative Arts through June 30, 2021. Visit www.transformativenow.org or Instagram @transformative_arts_now to learn more.

 

Umar Rashid (b. 1976, Chicago, IL, he/him) re-writes history in his multi-layered works that detail historical and cultural elements of 18th and 19th century colonial portraiture, folk art, and elements of contemporary urban culture. His work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Wellin Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, and can be found in permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the 21C Museum.