About THE HOLLER!
THE MEDIA TRIAL OF J.J. FAUNTLEROY - 1995
THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
an online newspaper that looks into social, scientific and cultural events
and the individuals and concepts involved in them. The publication?s investigations
sometimes reach for the intangible, asking readers to fathom hurricanes,
the meaning of the imagery in sidewalk cracks, and the plight of a grain
of rice. The newspaper began as mixed media sculpture with
each letter hand stamped onto aluminum plates and inked. Here are two examples
of the earlier visual editions, The Media Trial of J.J. Fauntleroy, and
Where Have All the Homeys Gone? aluminum, copper, brass, acrylic, plywood
and ink, both done in 1995.
Media Trial of J.J. Fauntleroy is the story of a 1960s skillsies champ
and movie star who was accused of murdering his wife after his Jeri Curls
were found on the bodies of her and a friend in J.J.'s kitchen. It was
part of a retrospective of work by Amir Bey held at The Emerging Collector
gallery, New York, New York.
WHERE HAVE ALL
THE HOMEYS GONE?
Long time passing! This "interview"
is taken from a series of conversations Amir Bey had with a Viet Nam vet
-called here "10-4", who had been a post office policeMAN and currently
an unemployed methodone user, whose brother's entire family (wife, two
children, and finally himself) died from AIDS. These conversations happened while he was the curator
of the Bronx River Art Center and Gallery. Bey noticed that many of the
people he used to see congregate along the side of the building were no
longer around; 10-4 clues him in on the causes of their disappearances.
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About Amir Bey!
Mixed media sculptor, curator,
writer, astrologer and storyteller Amir Bey has worked with musicians and
performers since the 1970s, including set designs for Idris Ackamoor and
Rhodessa Jones of Cultural Odyssey, Maria Mitchell of Black Pearl Dance
Co., and Lorna Littleway. Amir is based in New York City, where he has
organized over 100 exhibitions and performancessince 1989. He has exhibited his work in Japan, Turkey, Spain,
Martinique and Germany.
His Procession of Folk
#3, a series of 12 faceted glass windows, is a permanent installation
at the Mount Eden station on the #4 line in the Bronx. Amir works in stone,
wood, silkscreen, papier mache, video, copper, bronze, life casts and mixed
media installations. Amir was the curator at the Bronx River Art Center
and Gallery from 1989-99, where he organized performances that featured
Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Maria Mitchell, Craig Harris, Joseph Jarman,
Jeanne Lee, Nayo, The Alien Comic, Tomas Ulrich, Milene Bey, Will Connell,
and many others.
IN SYNERGY COSTUME
FACETED GLASS, 2006
He has produced and broadcast
radio programs at KPFA-FM in Berkeley, where he produced Black Air
, and collaborative shows
The Souls of Black Folk, 3rd World News
, and astrology programs. Later he broadcast a show,
Parallels between the US and South Africa
at WBAI-FM in New York. His
tarot concept, The Equinox Celebration Tarot
, appears in The Encyclopedia of Tarot,
; he has worked as a professional astrologer since 1973. A retrospective
slide show of his work can be viewed at http://www.myspace.com/amirbey
and imagery and writings on astrology and Egyptology can be viewed here throughout The Holler's
Recent collaborative work was with the alto saxophonist and composer
Saco Yasuma for the ensemble SYNERGY Sight and Sound, designing costumes,
instruments, and set designs. In April of 2012 he had a one-person show in Tottori City, Japan, Opus Apis
, "Bee Work," at Gallery
Sora, which was organized by the sculptor and printmaker Koichiro Tokumochi. This exhibition featured Bey's honey bee inspired leather masks, hexagons of copper foil and
sheet aluminum, installed on the walls and as mobiles in the gallery's main room. A solo dance, Birth of the Quenn
was performed by Kumiko Fujishita. Opus Apis
developing collaborative project that will involve music by Jason Kaw Hwang and choreography by Maria Mitchell. Articles by Amir have recently appeared in Art Voices
magazine and By
Any Means Necessary Malcolm X: Real, Not Invented
, published by Third World Press.