The Wake Singers. Doug, Mike and Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) formed The Wake Singers while attending art school in Santa Fe, NM. The trio are cousins from Red Shirt Table, SD. Located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Michael and Douglass Two Bulls are two Lakota artists involved in the Bad Art Press project in Rapid City. Both studied art in Santa Fe, New Mexico before returning to South Dakota to start “Bad Art Press.” Their efforts include not only visual arts, with multi-layered colors in screen printed images, but also music. They’re planning a CD release in the next year. They won a 2015 Artist and Business Leadership fellowship from the First People’s Fund.
Micheal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota multimedia artist, who is notable for his multilayered compositions incorporating digital work, photography, drawing, painting, and a variety of print-making methods. Two Bulls returned to the IAIA campus as an alumnus, where he originally focused on printmaking.
The Two Bulls family moves at a deliberate pace uncommon to the haute monde of contemporary art but germane to the interior life of Indigenous gatherings — a rhythm designed to accommodate elders and children. Some call this “Indian Time.” In The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell claims it takes 10,000 hours to master a craft. It took Picasso 35 days to paint his masterpiece, Guernica. As the Two Bulls art show gets started (about 30 minutes behind schedule), I wonder what the equivalent of 10,000 hours and 35 days might be in Indian time — how we might meter out mastery and masterpiece on clocks that tick to the beat of generations and relatives, rather than hours and minutes.