Posted on August 13, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi
Ethiopia-born, NewYork-based artist, Awol Erizku wanders a wide range of mediums including photography, sculpture, and video installation. He remixes disparate artistic movements and traditions, from the photorealist still lives of Dutch Masters to spare, Minimalist constructions, giving them distinctly 21st century updates. Art history gets integrated with contemporary fabrics, styles, and symbols with a provocatively allusive sensibility and aesthetic. Erizku’s images are historical portraits where moods and psychological presences are equally distinct. He doesn’t employ models for hire, instead he chooses his subjects from the world around him : passersbys on the street, a man or women sitting near him in the subway car. An intuitive and expressing process.