Posts tagged Art
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Pen ink and marker on paper. 9 x 12 inches.
I feel I should explain why I chose this title. ”Akata” is a Yoruba term meaning, literally, “wild animal” or “bush animal.” As my father said, jokingly, when I inquired on the term, “think of it as road kill.” But on a more serious side, “Akata” also has a double meaning that leans more towards slang. “Akata” is also viewed as a derogatory term migrant Africans may use to describe African Americans. My titling this piece “Akata” was not meant for confer this slang meaning at all, but to dissent it.
I wanted to play with the idea of “wild/bush animal” and the African American stereotype that still exists as a divide between recent African immigrants and Americans of African decent in this country. Myself, being a documented “Nigerian American”, often having to grapple and mitigate with these opposing views and separatism has left me weary and suspicious of terms like “Akata.” My “identity” is a combination of these two distinctive cultural stances. Thusly, to titile a portrait variation of myself “Akata” is to undermine that distancing and highlight the problem of having Pan-African particularities and distinctions made inferior or derogatory. In-fighting and name-calling doesn’t help the conversation, it only seems to create more binaries.
I can already see that this view will cause some people to disagree with my statement on this—on both sides—but the aim to make people understand that in order to properly look at other people with equal regard and respect, is to look at ourselves individually and understand ourselves individually—contradictions and all. I am a Nigerian American, these two labels are at odds with each other already and I have always felt ambivalent towards them (committed to they representation and equally compelled to disregard them). However, by titling an intentionally androgynous self portrait with a potentially offensive Yoruba term for African Americans towards myself creates a space that I hope others can see the self and community destructiveness in separatism. If we are to respect difference, it doesn’t mean we should all assimilate or blanket individuals and communities, it means we should understand the importance of why we are different and how much of that difference is self-imposed and socially imposed upon us all.
Edit: Concerning the “gold teeth” — it was an aesthetic choice, primarily, but I think it supplements the aforementioned “Akata” argument. What may be considered gaudy or “low” are all connotations that are mostly imposed (even I was hesitant about the teeth/grill). Now I understand that by taking the risk of adding the teeth, it helped to better formulate my argument with an aesthetic that reflects the feelings I aimed to express.
Amazing Wood Sculptures
Tom Eckert sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. He uses a wide variety of woodworking techniques in his sculptural pieces, including laminating, bending, carving, turning and painting. His work has been exhibited in over 150 national and international exhibitions since 1966.
Just a reminder!
These have always bothered me, in some obvious ways and some not-so-obvious ways. I’ve been reluctant to post them until now. I’m not sure why.
Berlinde de Bruyckere - We are All Flesh (2004-12)
“An unsettling, reconfigured concept of the body, helpless and contorted, takes center stage in Bruyckere’s faceless sculptures. Abject deformation is turned into beauty as if the artist were trying to wrest a shape from abstract form.”
Jason Engle again. =)
Did some fun shots for a client last weekend. Check them out!
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did u kno DEVIANT ART HAS A FUCKING BUTTON THAT DOES ALL THE SOURCING WORK FOR YOU
CLICK THE TUMBLR BUTTON (or whatever site you wish to post it to) AND LOOKIE HERE ASSHOLES
LOOK ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK WHICH BLOG YOU WANT IT TO GO ON AND CLICK PUBLISH POST YOU CAN EVEN QUE IT IF YOU GO ON ADVANCED POST
SO IF YOU COMPLAIN THAT SOURCING IS TOO MUCH FUCKING WORK LOOK HERE DEVIANT ART HAS A BUTTON FOR IT YOU FUCKING LAZY CUNT
WAS THAT SO FUCKING HARD
Who Owns Illegal Public Street Art Found on Private Buildings?
Remember Me ~ Artwork
Maybe I’ll clean this up later.