Viva De’VIA – Deaf View / Image Art

Viva De’VIA –

Deaf View / Image Art

Some folks have been asking me about De’VIA – Deaf View / Image Art

do ya all know how much i love ya when u wake up!  smile

De’VIA is awesome – plain and simple.

It is a term coined by 9 Deaf artists in 1989 on the eve of Deaf Way I in which they sought out to coin a word for art ABOUT the Deaf experience.  It was a follow up to the Deaf artists colony in Austin, Texas that ran from 1975 – 1980 called Spectrum.  The De’VIA think tank of 1989 was a four day workshop where the nine Deaf artists looked at slides of various Deaf artists works to see a pattern, common motifs, compositions, use of colors, etc and give a name for this movement.  The term they came up with originated in ASL first – they all sat around and brainstormed and played and came up with –

DEAF

VIEW (as in point of view and perspective)

IMAGE (they used the hand shape of an open piece of paper or canvas that the “V” handshape for VIEW looks at)

ART

They then abbreviated it to be De’VIA – to give it a French look as a nod to Laurent Clerc who brought LSF (French Sign Language) to the US of A and of which ASL is largely composed of.

Kudos to Dr. Betty G. Miller and Dr. Paul Johnston who organized the De’VIA think tank and the other artists who attended and contributed their big hearts and souls to rock and roll the good stuff.

The signatories of the De’VIA manifesto:
Dr. Betty G. Miller, painter;
Dr. Paul Johnston, sculptor;
Dr. Deborah M. Sonnenstrahl, art historian;
Chuck Baird, painter;
Guy Wonder, sculptor;
Alex Wilhite, painter;
Sandi Inches Vasnick, fiber artist;
Nancy Creighton, fiber artist;
And Lai-Yok Ho, video artist.

De'VIA mural - image courtesy of Nancy Creighton (c)

They even made a group mural as a visual signature of their manifesto but the mural was later taken from Gallaudet and is now missing – it is not clear if it was stolen or where its whereabouts are now.

I’ll try to vlog  soon so u can see see the sign for De’VIA but im in a rush and my isight no see-see my imovie lately – no idea why.

Just know De’VIA rocks cuz it speaks the truth VISUALLY!

Link to info and actual De’VIA manifesto with 9 signatories names

Below are some links cuz knowledge is power and know that in the Dyer Arts Center of NTID on Wed Nov  2nd from 2-4 pm De’VIA artists Nancy Rourke and Warren Miller will present on their work and a reception will follow.  (interpreted for non-signers)  I’m so pumped.  Nov 4 fri from 1-2 there is a workshop by nancy and warren in the RADSCC in the SAU

Nancy and Warren’s canvases have been pulled out of the crates and it is an explosion of primary colors and affirmation and resistance art. Ya hoo!  Feed my soul, feed my soul!

The role of the artist is to disturb the peace ~ James Baldwin

(he was speaking of negative peace and i agree)

Seriously – Nancy Rourke and Warren Miller’s art is rocking!

And just in time for the Day of the Dead and Hallow’s Eve, which are times to remember our ancestors, since Rourke and W. Miller have several tributes to Deaf ancestors in this show.

OTHER NEWS:

Also this weekend NTID performing arts has the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which while not Deaf -themed has a great deal of shadows and puppetry and is promising to be a visual feast for the eyes.

Matt Hammil is at the Little Theatre tonight for the screening of The Hammer (sold out) but other showings locally this weekend and next week.

Kim Bianco Majeri is in Rochester presenting on activism and Deaf education – NTID last night, RRCD tonight and RSD tmw

Leon Lim got cut from Bravo’s A Work of Art last night – boo (i didnt see the episode yet but got the news via a friend – will watch it on my tivo later but me pal said the art critics said – “where is the Deaf of you in your art?” – see even Hearing folks know the importance of De’VIA even if they dont know the name for it).  ADDED: i just watched the program.  Oh, it made me so sad to see him get cut.  Especially cuz the trash bin guy’s work really shouldnt have beaten out Leon’s.  Boo and Grr but i often dont agree with judges on these types of shows.  Very sorry Leon.  So glad u were on it though!  Keep making art.

VIVA De’VIA

ok links to some good stuff:

Posters examining themes and symbols of De’VIA

http://idea2.main.ad.rit.edu/paddhd/publicDA/main/ExpressionsofCulture/DeVIA/Posters/DeVIAPosters.htm

De’VIA: Investigating Deaf Visual Art

https://ritdml.rit.edu/handle/1850/6260 – scroll down for PDF or click the link below

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Deconstructing the Forced Assimilation of Deaf People via De’VIA

http://idea2.main.ad.rit.edu/paddhd/publicDA/main/articles/DeconstructingtheForcedAssimilationofDeafPeopleViaDeVIAResistanceandAffirmationArt.htm

Elements of a Culture: Visions by Deaf Artists

http://idea2.main.ad.rit.edu/paddhd/publicDA/main/articles/ElementsofaCulture.htm

My Experiences as a Vis-a-Vis Deaf Artist (Ann Silver)

http://idea2.main.ad.rit.edu/paddhd/publicDA/main/articles/MyExperienceasanArtist.htm

De’VIA Art Talk (Chuck Baird)

http://idea2.main.ad.rit.edu/paddhd/publicDA/main/articles/DeVIAArtTalkatDeafStudiesToday2004.htm

For more articles about Deaf artists in general and/or about De’VIA go to:

http://www.rit.edu/ntid/dccs/dada/articles.htm

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deafa
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 19:53:11

    I do like Nancy’s work. I haven’t seen the others yet. I like her blue tape. I noticed she used it to tie up hands from signing. It made me think how AFA used the blue tape because its less damaging and they had permission, yet there was an outcry against this where everyone thought it was wrong. Turn it around to folks who say No signing, they too don’t see it is no big deal, that no signing does not harm deaf(like the gentle tape) but yet it is a huge deal. That sign being taped up is nothing compare to human being.

  2. Patti
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 21:15:02

    Deafa

    I agree w u nancy is really clever and good to incorporate the blue tape into her work and yes it show the irony of some folks going a bit apes over a bit of blue tape at agbell headquarters but they don’t say a word about agbell binding the hands head and hearts of Deaf kids

    Odd eh q

    Thanks for ur comment

    Oh and Warren miller is a new artist to me but wow his work is awesome. The show is up now and it totally pops

    A Deaf woman from Australia w me here this am and she was like “I want a show like this in Australia” and I was like – dang the power of art

    Peace
    Patti

  3. PopeMistress
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 11:02:21

    stolen or missing picture since when?????

  4. handeyes
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 11:19:32

    PopeMistress – hmmm my guess is the Mural has been missing for at least a decade.

    U can ask Dr. Paul Johnston if u see him cuz he is the one who told me about the missing mural and you’ll be more likely to remember what year he tells you than i will. I’m mighty bad about numbers and i have never seen anyone who has told me about the missing mural give a year that it happened.

    See even our history goes missing. this is why we need folks like u that ask questions

    by the way warren miller and nancy rourke’s presented to a FULL to the brim group of folks in the Dyer Arts Center yesterday and folks were loving up their work.

    it was a beauty to behold – great ART and great HEART and great PEOPLE of the EYE and ALLIES

    Peace

    Patti

  5. Antonia Lindsey
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 04:19:04

    I hope to join DeVia group. I love the work and the people and the message and the meaning and what it does to live from our eyes and hearts.

  6. handeyes
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 21:39:45

    Antonia – AWESOME! glad u will be part of De’VIA – u r right its all heART!

    peace,
    patti

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