Winter Workspace 2016
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
Winter Workspace 2016
Pictured above: Stomp Dance, 2014
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, 8ft.
Courtesy of the artist
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem’s is a multi-media artist whose work critiques contemporary social and political issues affecting U.S. and indigenous Native American cultures, from institutionalized racism and classism to displacement of people of color. An artist with mixed Native American and Afro-Caribbean heritage, Darkeem describes his work as both representative and reflective of his own life experiences. Utilizing drawings, paintings, collages, photography, sculpture and participatory installations, Darkeem’s practice often incorporates a craftwork sensibility that combines traditional with contemporary aesthetics, while drawing upon cultural and historical memory. During the Winter Workspace, Darkeem will develop a body of work inspired by the woodlands and plant collections of Wave Hill, drawing on indigenous techniques of re-purposing and reusing natural objects.
Darkeem’s work has been featured locally in group shows at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Rush Arts Gallery, Bronx Arts Space, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts where he participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program. Other residencies include the Laundromat Project, New York, NY; Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland; Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ EMERGENYC; and the International Center of Photography, New York, NY. Awards and honors include an Artist Fund Grant, Citizens Committee for NYC Grant, Change Inc. Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) Community Artist Grant, and Bronx Council on the Arts Fellowship. Darkeem earned a BFA from Pratt Institute.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.