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Kehinde Wiley's
Black Light

 
 

Hip-Hop-meets-Velazquez!

   

 

  

Velázquez, Titian, Gainsborough, Tiepolo, and David as re-imagined through the eyes of a son of South Central LA, transformed and transfigured to reveal an alternate history of art, a concept both daring and virtuosic.  Kehinde Wiley has been one to watch for some time, his rise in the art world meteoric, a (re-)interpreter of myths who has taken traditional and often iconic historical images of European saints, kings and burghers, and recast them into large bold colorful paintings of African-American men posed as the originals.  This time he's doing the same thing, but with digital photography.  Deitch Projects in Soho is currently showing Black Light -- 17 of the artist's neo-realist digital photographs (through this Saturday, September 26).  The young models (literally handpicked from Fulton Mall) were asked to select a classical art-historical reference and to pose in their likeness.  The photographs also mimic Wiley's painterly interest in textiles and wallpaper design, here digitally added after the fact. 

 

We have always loved Wiley's use of textile and patterns -- they add a certain softness, aestheticize what otherwise might be mere posturing.  He plays with figure and background, intertwining both, each complementing the other.  Hip-hop attitude in clothes, Old Master poses, all bathed in a wonderful, almost classical, light.

 

Color, scale, pattern, and form together owing a debt to pop art but Wiley's work also brings something radically new to contemporary art-- a bold interjection -- and this with an independence of spirit and mind.  Wiley has said: "…any artist who ties himself down to any sort of religious, gender, sexuality, or class obligations is making really uninteresting work.  I'm beholden to no one."   

 

See: Kehinde Wiley: Black Light, Deitch Projects

 

Explore: KehindeWiley.com 

 

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