Angels (For Joaquin Murrieta)
Author/s: Organik Research Group
Size: 20"x 14.75"x.7"
Page #: 14 pages
Binding: C.K. Wilde
Media: Cayenne, paprika and turmeric suspensions using polyvinyl acrylic and water, black Japanese ink,
wax crayon rubbings
Paper: Japanese Shikoku
Angels is a poetic conflation of California history, the cover of the book has the ancient caduceus symbol often associated with Hermes the messenger and god of rebels. The book ends at the Orestimba a Yokut Indian name for meeting place, and the back cover has a tombstone rendition of the Green Man, the pagan visage that haunts all our architecture. The book is, like many Organik Monument projects, homage to the invisible histories surrounding us all and a radical rewriting and re-contextualizing of the 'official' histories that are preserved. Respect to the first people of San Francisco, respect to Joaquin Murrieta (a Job-like figure often described as a California Robin Hood), respect to those who have paid for our Bill of Rights. Props to the angels among us in both our lives and our histories. Do we know who they are?
Locations of outdoor material and matrix samplings:
All rubbings done in California from various plaques and surfaces in towns including:
Alhambra: Bill of Rights plaque, and various plaques and surfaces
Route 49, the Forty-niner Highway in the Sierras, various plaques in towns including: Angel's Camp, Columbia, Murphys.
Los Angeles: various plaques and surfaces in Chinatown
San Francisco: Mission Dolores and Ramatush Native Californians plaque
San Gabriel: The Church of Our Saviour, (Episcopal), various tombstones and Celtic Crosses
Stanford University, Presidential Seal of Herbert Hoover at the Hoover Tower (wings)
South Pasadena: various other architectural motifs, floors, signage and surfaces
Timba, Route Five: Orestimba plaque