Angie Brklyn is excited to be participating in ‘Bushwick Open Studios 2020’ this year. Organized by Arts In Bushwick. Due to Covid-19 social gathering restrictions in NYC right now my studio tour is virtual. Please watch my studio tour below. Also check out detailed descriptions of my ‘Debut’ pieces below the video. Thank You!
Music: ‘Creator’ by Santigold , ‘Famous’ by Kanye West.
‘DO YOU THINK ABOUT ME BITCH’
This piece tells a significant and universally relatable post break-up story. One party is completely devastated and an utter emotional mess while the other is seemingly unfazed and takes literal inventory of their physically left behind belongings. The Harley Davidson shirt.
I painted said shirt with focus on the graphic that was printed on it. Changing the type to reflect lyrics from a song I dubbed as “our song” in the honeymoon stage of our relationship. ‘Thinkin bout you’ By Frank Ocean. While also taking creative initiative to add “bitch” to accurately convey my resentment to the whole situation. She cared more about a shirt than she did about me.
At the same time, it also serves as a sort of taunting phrase, as if the shirt is saying it to her…about missing it. lol
‘GENTRIFICATION IS RACISM’
This piece seeks to shed light on a problem that many seem uncomfortable discussing. Gentrification. ‘Gentrification is Racism’ is in plain bold type to bring attention plainly to the issue. The white represents the white washing of the rich black & brown culture that gentrification ( although maybe sometimes inadvertently) produces. All of the white paint in this piece is ontop of the rich explosions of color in the foundational background representing the wide variety of cultures in some neighborhoods. It also represents the drywall that is often used in the cheaply built new housing structures. That is why the some of the white is transparent, also because it shows the process at its infancy stage. You can also see drips of white paint trickling down, slowly covering the colorful background.
On the left, there are plants that are trying to thrive but when you look at the bottom, you can see they have been pulled exposing their roots. They haven’t had a chance for their roots to run deep & grow. A metaphor for black & brown people who rarely ever get to thrive in a system that was designed to keep them down. This is also why they’re in pencil & not ink. Temporary & easily erasable.
When you pan out, the whole image represents what a mess this whole predicament presents for everyone involved.
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