24in x 36in x 2in
Mixed media with vintage banknotes and antique newsprint on wood, resin finish and custom walnut frame.The red letters on the bottom of the piece read SAMO, which was a collaboration between Al Diaz and Jean Michel Basquiat, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip-hop, punk and street art movements had coalesced. Ten years later Basquiat’s work was shown in galleries and museums all over the world. His Brooklyn snapback can be seen as some kind of a crown as by many he is considered a king in a the NYC street art scene.The silkscreened image of the Greek god Hercules fighting snakes applied as one of the finishing layers of the piece is a reference to Basquiat’s poetry, Greece being the hometown of very influential pieces of poetry such as Iliad and Odyssey, for example.
Project: Dissociative Identity