Friday, May 27, 2016
Blue Electric Storm/ Blue Resonant Monkey - Spectral Serpent Moon of Liberation, Day 26
"His Hair Flows Like a River". T.C. Cannon.
Tommy Wayne Cannon (September 27, 1946–May 8, 1978) was an important Native American artist of the 20th century. An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe with Caddo and French descent, he was popularly known as T.C. Cannon.
Cannon grew up in Zodaltone and Gracemont, Oklahoma. His parents were Walter Cannon (Kiowa) and Minnie Ahdunko Cannon (Caddo). His Kiowa name, Pai-doung-a-day, means "One Who Stands in the Sun." He was exposed to the art of the Kiowa Six, a group of Native American painters who achieved international reputations in the fine art world and who helped developed the Southern Plains-style of painting. Stephen Mopope and Lee Tsatoke Sr. were particularly influential on the young artist.
T.C. Cannon enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts of Santa Fe in 1964, where he studied under Fritz Scholder (Luiseño). After graduating from IAIA, he enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute but left after two months and enlisted in the army. As paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, Cannon was sent to Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. During the Tet Offensive, he earned two Bronze Star Medals. He was also inducted into the Black Leggings Society, the traditional Kiowa warriors' society.
While still stationed in Vietnam, Cannon had a breakthrough in his art career. Rosemary Ellison, curator of the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma, included him in a major traveling exhibit, Contemporary Southern Plains Indian Art.
In 1972, Cannon and fellow artist Fritz Scholder had a two-man exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts, titled Two American Painters. Cannon produced a large body of work over the next six years, in preparation for his first one-man show, scheduled to open at the Aberbach Gallery in New York in October 1978. On May 8 of that year, however, he died in an automobile accident. After a delay, the show opened on December 10, 1979, as T.C. Cannon: A Memorial Exhibition. Featuring 50 works by Cannon, the show traveled to such locations as the Heard Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Cannon was an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; and the United States National Park Service. In 1988 he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko
Kin 159: Blue Electric Storm
I activate in order to catalyze
I seal the matrix of self-generation
With the electric tone of service
I am guided by the power of abundance.
On Earth, the last planet analphs are stored in the archaic depths of mind as legends and myths, such as the Greek legend of Icarus, who flies too close to the sun and melts his artificial wings.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Instiute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2015-2016.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Visshudha Chakra (Alpha Plasma)