Artist Profile | Dennis Redmoon Darkeem

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Nov 18, 2015 5:58PM

                         Twofold: Artist -Teacher, Teacher - Artist

Dennis Redmoon Darkeem 

South Bronx Early College Academy 
Bronx, NY

Dennis Redmoon received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and is an I.C.P, AIM, Laundromat Project, New York University Hemisphere Institute EmergeNY12 alumnus. Exhibition and performance highlights include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Bronx Museum of Arts, New York; Rush Art Gallery, New York; Bronx Art Space, New York; Queens Museum of Art, New York; New Museum, New York; Derfner Judaica Museum, New York; Wave Hill, New York; Skyline Gallery, New York; and Longwood Art Gallery, New York. Redmoon is a recipient of a 2014 Bronx Arts fund grant. In addition to making art, Redmoon is the former Curatorial Director of The Points “live from the edge” Arts Gallery in the south Bronx, NY, which in 2008 received the Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture. 

"Healer #1," 2013-2014, gouache, gold leaf, marker, and collage on paper, 18 x 25 in.

How do you see the relationship between your art and your teaching?

Art for me as a child has always been a way to feel free; art gave me ownership in creating things that allowed a sense of pride. Today as an artist I use my art to communicate with different communities, one being young people of color, in the hope that they ask more questions and learn more about their own history. Through my work I want to engage, motivate, and educate. As an artist I feel a strong responsibility to educate by allowing the viewer to investigate and find familiar references. In my classroom, research and the “Why” question are always explored to teach students that art has many solutions and can be used anywhere from healing to oppressing. This means Art has power. The relationship between Art and Teaching is sharing that power and teaching the skills to show how the power of Art has been used in history and how students can create their own history today. I want to support my students in ways that will help them succeed and that will allow learning to be easy. Through Art I create a space where they can be free to express whatever is going on at that moment in time, which they can reflect on and find the lesson in. Art is my tool to educate so I believe I very much use my art aesthetic in creating a curriculum, which allows me to look at my work in a different dimension.

"Healer #4," 2013-2014, gouache, gold leaf, marker, and collage on paper, 18 x 25 in.

"Ancestral Language" 1 - 6, 2015, gouache, marker, acrylic paint, spray paint, and gloss paint on brown paper bags, dimensions vary




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