Last summer, I started working on a book I want to write about the history of hip-hop, but in a visual sense. So, being me, I usually start from any random vantage point and go from there.
In this case, I started sketching out various rappers to get a feel of what style I'd use to put this project together. What you see here is a collection of the ones that I thought were halfway-decent enough to be seen by the public.
I warn you - some of them may look nothing like their real-life counterparts, and I accept that. I think I've grown a lot artistically in the past year, and this is something that I can look back upon to see where I've come. I won't be reworking this particular piece, but I may do another like it somewhere down the road.
As for the project, it's on hiatus for now as other projects get taken care of. Hopefully after I finish my fourth year of university, I can get back into full swing and tackle that thing.
This is a 2.5 x 3.5 Acrylic Painting on Gessoed Massonite
Painting IV assignment - the use of color for a hyberbolie
I think a lot about American propaganda and the uses back in WWI and WWII and how it's used now, what America is trying to say to it's people and how the two would be meshed. I wrote out a rough artist statement, went a little like this (forgive the spelling errors);
In the 40’s and 50’s, the height of Americanism, propaganda was a very useful tool. With the Government only needing to control news, radio, TV, and posters pushing the idea of “America (and Americans) Under God” was fairly simple. America was a philosophy, an idea, an illusion that worked. Yet today Americans, although not necessarily smarter, are better informed. At least they have access to a more diverse array of different ideas. The generations of the 40’s and 50’s will soon be gone, with a younger generation to take over, a generation that doesn't easily buy into the “America Under God” of their fathers. With a generation as such in control of democracy, will democracy continue on? Or will this next generation fall into power over the country with the ideals that their fathers once held dear, only to succumb to apathy to the beliefs that they once fought to uphold and protect? Either way, we're doomed. God help us.
[edit: Billysue decided that I CANNOT spell, which I already know, so she spellchecked my description, nice, very nice]
in the name of allah (God), , , sculptural form , , , this basmallah is the nearer to my heart , , , the strong vertical movements are vehemently dominated the form , , , while the horizantal strokes make the equilibrium that needed , , , what do think , , , dear friends