Must See Art
Sanford Biggers Freedom: and Other Seldom Travelled Roads at Mary Goldman Gallery
In 2005, Greg Tate wrote an article for The Village Voice called Hip-Hop Turns 30, a biting rant about the hip-hop industrys capitalistic drive and how far its come from its original roots. Its equally significant that hip-hop came out of New York at the time it did, because hip-hop is Black Americas Ellis Island, he wrote. Biggers sculptural work seems to cosign hip-hops cultural importance and uses its influence as a starting point, but also sees it perpetuating devastating stereotypes. The Bridge Is Over is a sculpture of a melted boom box, the title lifted from the KRS-One song claiming the birthplace of hip-hop to be the South Bronx, rather than Queens. Records of the Supremes and Four Tops are used to create a Hendrix-like psychedelic wall piece, while Ghettobird Tunic is a long coat that looks like garb for a Native American medicine man, or something out of George Clintons closet.
932 Chung King Road, Chinatown | (213) 617-8217 | www.marygoldman.com | Through December 9
T. Kelly Masons What Goes Up What Comes Down at Daniel Hug Gallery
T. Kelly Mason continues to develop his idea of communicative sculpture, which has taken many forms, from floral arrangements to performance to urban planning. The main work in this show is Rain (up in smoke and down the drain), a sculpture that claims to exist in the fifth dimension and can travel and be assembled and plugged in anywhere. And it communicates without any text. To address this issue of words and their frequent inability to convey a specific feeling or emotion, Mason shows a series of text-based works, in which the word or phrase is shaped in a particular way to communicate more to the viewer. I am a sucker for these pieces that play with the concept of rain and all its connotations.
510 Bernard St., Chinatown | (323) 221-0016 | www.danielhug.com | Through December 23
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