A key aspect of this art project is the way in which it can be used as street art beyond its typical use during public demonstrations. Using the streets as a frontier for disseminating propaganda is critical in a society that enforces the censorship of content that challenges the white supremacist power structure. Our mainstream media has not and never will depict a proper narrative of marginalized people, especially black and brown folks. So along with sharing these designs on social media, at demonstrations, in the classrooms or in art galleries, its imperative that our public space also serves us as a means of sharing information allowing us to be aware of the dangers of police terrorism in our community.
The installations pictured below where a an undertaking having to piece together each portrait. I started off with splitting the design into four within an 8.5x11 dimension. I printed each on colored paper using10 colors from hot to cold tones. I had the prints cut into 4 halves, with glues I pieced them together row buy row in a pattern that reflects a color spectrum. The larger portraits on each side (Luis Go'ngora Pat / Alex Nieto) where printed large scale to measure up to the colored arrangement on each side and then painted in the portraits. Lastly, went out to a location and wheat pasted this installation on a black wall that wasnt serving any significant purpose.
The exact same thing can be done with the .pdf files I have available on this website of each individual. Do me up show me how creative you can get in your city that will force viewers to take an extra look of who we want justice for and the movement we support #blacklivesmatter
Today marks 3 years since the police killing of Tyrone West in Baltimore.
Tyrone West, 44, died after a struggle with Baltimore police officers on July 18, 2013 during a traffic stop. He was profiled and pulled for the usual reasoning of suspicious activity. Based on eye witness accounts he was beaten to death by the officers during a struggle when he resisted arrest. One witness told investigators that police officers pulled West out of his car "by his dreads and started beating him with batons and maced him, he got up and called for help and the cops knocked him over again and beat him to death, then tried to bring him back." Tyrone was killed almost a week after the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 13 and two years before the killing of Freddie Gray while in custody by Baltimore police. His sister, Tawanda Jones has been holding weekly vigils, West Wednesdays, every week since her brother's killing. Its been 1008 days and there is still no justice for Tyrone West.
This piece was commissioned by Greenpants/Luminous Intervention based in Baltimore including fellow artist/activist Ada Pinkston who have been projecting on city walls, amongst other visuals, images of people whose deaths have inspired the Black Lives Matter movement. Download & SHARE this image at www.justiceforourlives.com/tyronewest