A recent YouTube phenomenon features a strange and prophetic song.
Twice a year, hundreds of people flock to Delaware for the regional Burning Man event Playa Del Fuego – a celebration of creative expression, community, participation, and nude acrobatics on Slip 'n Slides.
When I think of Kehinde Wiley's paintings, a couple of affiliated effects come to mind. In his work we look at history juxtaposed with a really unstable relationship to realism. But I don't want to start an essay with quotations from history – after all, that's what Kehinde Wiley's paintings are already doing. The essential issue at hand is to give some context to portraiture, hip hop visuality, sampling, collage, and quotation. I want to unpack some of the issues that Wiley engages in his work.