Saturday, 19 June 2010

Art iHeart

Been meaning to post the work of Wardell Milan II and Demetrius Oliver since a while back when I had a convo with, Gee Chee, a member of my digital fam, about their work. iDig Wardell Milan's site, it's worth checking out. Most of all I like his Battle Royale collection, the way he mashes up the pics using a similar style to that of Titus Kaphar (peep the archives) - they have rolled together and have set up a museum together with Demetrius Oliver. Battle Royale is based on Ralph Ellison's boxers in 'Invisible Man' and the images explore issues surrounding identity politics, masculinity, falliability but most importantly, IMO, the elasticity of identity and power.



Wardell Milan
Self-Potrait

Demetrius Oliver is also nice, I mean his art is nice. His work draws inspiration from various places and these pics below provide commentary on inscription/erasure of identity through history and contemporary consumerist culture. The body is used as a canvas, as corporeal metaphor for the cultural and political condition of a people. Excuse me, I'm channelling Sartre here.

Bust
2006
DV if you ever see this, this is Demetrius' work not Leslie Hewitt as y'said on ur blog.
Lump
2006
Tracks
2006
Halo
2005

7 comments:

Alldaythoughts said...

hahahaha love the boxing thing too hilarious

Jay said...

Ahhh blud, gotcha! I saw what you did there, that li'l sleight of hand. 'I mean his art is nice' right after the Self Potrait, LOL.

Good stuff m8, especially Demetrius Oliver's work. Bust is sick!

KonWomyn said...

Bluuud!!!

LOL, I refuse dat! There was NO sleight of hand, I only realised it after I posted! Maaan, I wrote the bit before I dropped in all the pics and that last one was a last min decision bec the small boxing one couldn't be nicely blown up.

You're too smart blud, too smart!

Jay said...

Ahahahaha, why you so aggro blud, I believe you. And I also believe it was a subliminal sleight!

KonWomyn said...

Gwaaan! Yea the brotha's fine. My taste's so sublime, its subliminal. Aint no thing...Remember to credit me for that line in your next song!

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