Since I caught the Nick Cave exhibit in Nashville, I’ve been slightly obsessed with him but more importantly, artist that bring to light racial injustices and social culture using sequins. Introducing Ebony G Patterson, her style, to me, was so similar to Nick Cave, I almost confused her work for his. As a Jamaican born artist, her work “explores the constructions of the masculine within popular culture, using dance hall culture as a platform for this discourse.” Although I’ve been to countless dancehall parties in the Bronx and Brooklyn, it’s really easy to understand the comparison between the sometimes flamboyant lifestyle of gay male and a heterosexual Jamaican man.
IF you knew nothing of the story of the artist, what message she was trying to convey, honestly what would you think the story of the art piece would be? For me, it’s very easy to see what it could possibly represent. If you look closely at the shoes/sneakers that are bedazzled, couldn’t it be mistaken for drag apparel? Could you identify the subects sexual orientation, and if you say yes, how? I’ve very interested in your answer.
I had the pleasure of introducing myself to Artist Nick Cave newest exhibit at the Frist Museum in Nashville, and I’m still blown away. Feat., is his answer and rallying call to being a black man in America. Instead of being seen as hiding, I took his creation, his suits as a shield against racial profiling, against classism and gender bias.
Although I wear no such physical ‘suit’ I too know and understand the masking in which I’ve tried to blend in to society. However no matter how much I attempt to blend or conform to societies norms, I’m still a Black Woman.
Raleigh Ritchie is Life to me.
Every. Single. Album. Is an amazing body of work!! No matter what you are currently going through, he will make you feel like you are the most important jewel he’s come across. Timeless music is what’s created when he blesses the mic. It’s like my heart recognizes him, his voice, and his musical style. Visually his music comes alive. Sometimes I wonder who is creating videos for the songs that are played on the radio, but I look forward to Raleigh Ritchie, never mind that he’s a good looking lad.
My favorite song will forever be Bloodsport. The chorus is “Loving you is a blood sport, Fighting in a love war.” Loving me personally isn’t a blood sport but I do think that I’m like a mountain; I can be overwhelming to some people. However just as with a mountain or anything that gives you reason to pause, you just have to take it one step at a time.
Please take a listen to his new music, Mind The Gap, it’s phenomenal. Seriously to date, his best body of work, and everything he releases is top shelf shit. Listen to it and tell me what’s your favorite song… My favorite absolute two are Sicko and Unicron Love, Motions comes in right after the two. It’s my goal to see him perform, in someone’s festival, in someone’s country.