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Black Market Goods resurfaces for Gathering of Nations with eclectic bash
Jones sees Injunuity as an alternative to the more tradition-based festivities of the week. The initial idea was that "it would be nice to showcase the other side of Native artists and art without being landscape and coyotes," he says, laughing.
Jones has brought in a large array of artists working in different mediums, including graffiti, graphic design, body painting and live music. "When you think of Native artists, you don't think of graphic designer or animator or any of that," he says.
This year's Injunuity will be housed at Amped Performance Center and will include about a dozen visual artists. Among them are Xavier Quintero, whose video-game-inspired illustrations include an homage to da Vinci's "The Last Supper," with Christ and the Apostles replaced by Super Mario Bros. characters. Quintero's also got a Ms. Pac-Man fashioned as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Other contributors include illustrator and printer Corey Yazzie, graff artist Paul Jameson and photographer Rick Lujan. Jones will also unveil a new series of what he deems his "Native pop art" paintings.
The stage will be populated by DJ Wae Funky spinning house and '80s, plus musical acts Discotays, Dan K., Dancestry, Fernando Moore and S.O.L. (Flip over to this week’s Music section for more on that.) With four body painters working on models and Jones offering Navajo tacos and frybread, you can bet your Rat Fink sticker collection that it's worth the $3 admission.
Thursday April 26, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Amped Performance Center
413 Central NW