Friday, August 10, 2018

The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit - LISTEN!

2015 Listen art project by Doug Brinkman
Picture, Citizen free news video clip March 30, 2014: TRC Chair Murray Sinclair encourages the surrounding crowd to listen to Elizabeth Potskin as she recites her poem using a loudspeaker outside the Shaw Conference Center after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation - Alberta National Event. This news clip inspired me to paint her likeness later adding Elizabeth's poem on a loudspeaker featuring both on Edmonton city sidewalks and public squares beginning March 30, 2015. I staged hundreds of art shows and used "Listen" to defend free speech and freedom of expression. I retired and gave "Listen" to the poet in the spring of 2017, my thanks to Elizabeth.

'The Truth will set you free but at first it will piss you off' - Murray Sinclair March 30, 2014 TRC Chair Murray Sinclair looks back and reflects Mar. 31, 2018

March 30, 2014: I recorded and published a YouTube titled 'Mom got her voice.' It begins with the Honorable Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC encouraging a crowd that gathered outside the Shaw conference center to listen to Elizabeth Potskin recite her poem. 'Mom got her voice' was suggested by another woman I marched along with down Jasper avenue who said her mother if alive today would have been pleased with the TRC. We marched to the Alberta Legislature. One year later, March 30, 2015, I completed an oil painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit and took out to the streets of Edmonton as my first outdoor art show. I started at the Shaw Conference center, continuing along Jasper Avenue, ending at the Alberta Legislature. Along my route I was chased away by security personal in front of the offices of the Edmonton Journal and later City TV. In a city where buskers are free to play music and street preachers preach sermons, businesses along Jasper avenue were not about to allow me to show my painting on city sidewalks in front of thier businesses. I told the City TV security guard to call the police EPS and have me arrested for freely expressing myself with art in public. Common sense kicks in when they realize that art is not a crime.

2007 Citizen Free News 2019
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 the painting titled 'Listen' was freely shown with it's story shared in public. The painting was used to defend free speech by those who use bull-horns, loud speakers and shouting to express free speech. It was used to defend my own right to freely express art in public after I was banned and threatened by City and Provincial officials. The painting was retired and given as a gift to the poet. Defending free expression continues and I will continue expressing art in public freely.

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