36: Kade Twist

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36: Kade Twist

Kade L. Twist works with video, installation, sound, text and two-dimensional media. In his words, he aims to "combine re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self-determination that dominate the postcolonial landscape."

Twist is one of the co-founders of Postcommodity, a contemporary interdisciplinary artist collective (try to say that five times fast).

Check out Twist's work and inspirations, including Costco Cougars, after the jump.

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
- Costco cougars
- That old dude in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank pulling on a slot machine at the Gila River casino
- Palm trees harboring rats
- Tweakers
- The harmonic oscillations of suburban pool pumps

2. What was your last big project?
The Centerpoint Towers.

3. What's your next big project?
Building the next Tempe Town Lake dam.

4. Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy facilitating discourse as much as I enjoy the freedom of making things that no one will buy (but feel obligated to say they appreciate [on a good day]). Twenty years ago I never would have thought that I would say this, but I definitely live a privileged life. Total freedom. I highly recommend it.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I have a tremendous appreciation and respect for the Phoenix art community. I've met some of the nicest, most generous people in my life through this art community. They are some of the most unpretentious, dedicated and talented artists anywhere in America.

It's unfortunate that we live and work in the most unsustainable city in North America and are subject to an insanely racist power structure that would rather dehumanize Indigenous people, build more strip malls and suck more water out of the aquifer than sit for two minutes in a room with conceptual art. But, it's also very inspiring ...

(And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)
I was raped by a scorpion in the middle of the night two years ago. My taint, and my pride, have never been the same since.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew
61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz
59. Lynn Fisher
58. Tanner Woodford
57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer
55. Tom Leveen
54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd
50. Monica Aissa Martinez
49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon
47. Matt Moore
46. Andrea Hanley
45. Julie Hampton
44. Ted Decker
43. Saskia Jorda
42. Michael Bergfalk
41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning
38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

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