OK A special solo exhibition of contemporary art including
paintings, drawings and mixed media art created by Cherokee artist
Roy Boney Jr. is on display through Sept. 21 at the Rosemary Ellison
Gallery inside the Southern Plains Indian Museum.
Boney is a full-blood citizen of the Cherokee Nation and works
for the CN Education Services as language technology specialist.
He has won awards and honors for his art and has exhibited across
the country and internationally, including Art en Capital Salon
du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau held in the historic
Grand Palais in Paris, France.
The exhibit features a collection of art that is based in Cherokee
stories, language and tradition combined with contemporary elements
such as science fiction and rock music.
One painting titled (Live Long and Prosper) features Sequoyah,
the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, holding his hand up in the
familiar "V" gesture that Spock used in the Star Trek series of
television shows and films. Another painting titled "A Trip to the
Moon" takes the Cherokee story of the frog swallowing the moon during
an eclipse and incorporates the famous image of a rocket crash-landed
into the Man in the Moon's eye from silent film "A Trip to the Moon."
Other pieces, such as 'When She Twirls Her Apron Strange Things
Happen," do not reference classic science fiction but rather tells
a family story of a shape shifter.
considers his art to be an act of storytelling.
"I am an artist and a Cherokee," Boney said. "For me the two
are intertwined. I cannot separate one from the other. The reason
I make art is to tell the stories I heard growing up and to incorporate
them into my contemporary interests and lifestyle. Cherokees as
a people have always evolved and grown with the times. I want my
art to do the same."
He added that he is honored to have an exhibition at the Southern
Plains Indian Museum.
"As a Cherokee artist, I understand how important the museum
for Native artists. Nearly all the towering figures in Native art
have exhibited here such as T.C. Canon and Allan Houser. It has
a long history of exhibiting Native artists, and I am humbled to
have been offered the invitation for an exhibition," he said.
For questions about the exhibition and museum, email Bambi Allen
or call 405-247-6221.
The museum displays richly varied arts of western Oklahoma tribal
peoples, including the Kiowa, Comanche, Kiowa-Apache, Southern Cheyenne,
Southern Arapaho, Wichita, Caddo, Delaware and Fort Still Apache.
Their historic clothing, shields, weapons, baby carriers and toys
highlight the exhibits.
The museum was founded in 1947-48 through federal and Oklahoma
state governments' cooperative efforts.