Rick Glazer-Danay is not known for understatement in his work or his comments about it. He prefers irony upon irony, juxtaposition upon juxtaposition, reversal upon reversal. His sculptures—"toys"—revel in glorious, throbbing colors, "Coney Island colors," applied to just about any object or surface he can get his hands on. In the early eighties Danay created My Dog Spot ( 1982) and Pink Buffalo Hat ( 1983), construction workers' hard hats adorned with some of his characteristic imagery: buffaloes, disembodied mouths, nude figures, Betty Boop, insects. Susan Shedd has written: "Calling to mind comic book and grafitti art, Danay creates similar worlds of seductive energy, fueled by the paradoxes of life within two cultures." 1
In fact, this sense of paradox has evidently confused people seeking a strict and narrow definition of "Indian art." Before the Mapplethorpe controversy, Glazer-Danay had a work removed from a show. In 1986 the director of the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences in Binghamton, New York, made a "marketing decision" and took Buffalo Gal with Boots ( 1985) from the traveling "Art of the Seventh Generation" show, calling the work "soft core porn." Glazer-Danay even had a piece removed from an invitational show in Tulsa before
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Publication information: Book title: I Stand in the Center of the Good:Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists. Contributors: Lawrence Abbott - Editor. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1994. Page number: Not available.
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