THESE N—-S IS WATCHING

THESE N—-S IS WATCHING
Sly Watts
2020
740px × 1000px JPEG
of 42″ × 59″ Charcoal, Oil, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, Ink, and Paint Marker on Pastel Paper

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  1. Sly Watts’s work is visual hip hop. In this way, it exemplifies what I like to call an “integrative cultural model.” In such models, the worldview, values, culture, and mental images of the artist are more important even than the medium used to convey them. Here’s what I mean: many people, if unacquainted with the 5 elements of hip hop, think that hip hop is just a vocal art. THESE N—-S IS WATCHING shows otherwise, it is hip hop in visual form. From the taupe backdrop beat to the rhythm of the smudged black and white camera and telephone figures in the foreground, the work holistically serves as a hip hop indictment of surveillance and more.

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