A recent exhibition ‘The Only Way Is Up’ at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York features the work of Somali-born visual artist Awol Erizku. One of the pieces currently on display is his 2013 work ‘Heads’.
‘Heads’ is a collection of photographs showcasing ‘the latest wave in a long lineage of ever-evolving ways in which young black men express themselves and pay respect to their history through their follicles’. The hairstyles were created at Levels Barbershop in New York City.
Some of his recent works includes a recreation of Vermeer’s 1665 piece ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in which Erizku substitutes the caucasian model for an African American model. He titled the 2009 work ‘Girl with the Bamboo Earring’and Caravaggio’s classic ‘Young Sick Bacchus’ remixed to Erizku’s ‘Boy Holding Grapes’.
‘The Only Way Is Up’ is currently showing at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery until August 15, 2014.
Source: Artsy.net and vice.com