Above are the pieces that I made for the book launch show. I decided to switch to dark red ink from the black ink I usually print with. On some of the pieces I went back and hand painted some color in. The work itself was done on wood panel, backed by a wooden frame.
Here is some info on the pieces in order of appearance:
(Adapted from photo by Margaret Bourke-White)
This photograph was taken at Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, MD. My grandfather worked there for over 35 years and supported a family of 5. This piece reminds me of him.
Pay To Cum
I was about 14 when I started listening to Punk music. This piece of HR represents for me an energy of change that continues to carry me through out life that was sparked all those years ago when I first heard Bad Brains.
(Adapted from photo by Bob Pobjoy)
Love your Mother.
Do They Owe Us a Livin’?
(Adapted from photo by Kent Porter)
Another incredible photo that speaks to the heart of a movement that is growing in the streets around the world.
Beyond da Absent
This piece is comprised of several photos that I took and a hand written letter from a friend of mine who is serving a life sentence in Maryland. It’s a commentary on making choices that are based on the hand you have been dealt in life.
(Adapted from photo by Craig F. Walker)
When I first saw this photo I knew I wanted to work from it and help preserve it’s longevity. It captures the hard truth of speaking up for the things you believe in.
(Inspired by Jon Kozol)
I took this photo of one of the students in a printmaking class I teach in Canarsie. The title comes from a book about the public education system in America.
I shot this photo through the windshield of my car in Long Island City. The title is the first words that popped in my head when I took the picture. Sometimes the city looks so ugly.
You and Your Whole Race
(Inspired by Langston Hughes)
This another piece based on a photograph of a student that I took. The writing in the background is from a poem about inner city life by Langston Hughes. I made this piece because people find it easy to pass judgement on “underrepresented” adolescents. The fact is these kids are up against a lot and many times take whatever they can get to survive.