A.J. Juarez & Michel Duncan Merle
August 30 - October 12
Opening Reception - Tuesday, September 4, 4:30pm
AJ is a Native artist, poet and musician and a co-founder of Noh Place Artist Cooperative. Under the influence and accidental tutelage of Michel Duncan Merle, A.J.’s doodles turned to art while a student at Worcester State College.
His artwork and writing has been featured in various venues and publications including the Worcester Review, Noh Place Artist Coop, San Francisco Gallery, Grove Street Gallery, Worcester Artists Group, and Willow House Gallery in Phoenix, Arizina.
AJ’s book, XINACHTLI: MYTHIC PEDAGOGY AND THE CHAOS OF POSSIBILITIES, co-written with Carlos Aceves, is scheduled to be published by Satya House Publications in the Spring of 2013.
As a poet, AJ has shared the stage with such luminaries as Gwendolyn Brooks, Dennis Brutus, and Jonathan Blake. Musical highlights include recordings with the Ghost Shadows, an alternative rock band, and Virtual Equinox, an ambient music ensemble in which AJ played a mixture of Zuni, Yaqui and Lakota style flute music. AJ lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children where he continues his lifelong works with the Native American Church.
About his works, Aj says, “I keep memories of the generations; therefore, I know that I belong in the family of world nations (the two legged, the winged ones, the water beings, etc.). They are all my relations. My work is a result of these relationships. As a member of the human family, I walk in the freedom of native people exemplified by the words of the Chicano poet Alurista:Scars of history on my face, and the veins of my body that ache, Vomita sangre y llora libertad.[It vomits blood and cries liberty] I do not ask for freedom. I am freedom.”