To focus on the machine is to miss the work itself, an ever-changing halo of light. It’s an experience that is untranslatable, and that’s really the point.
Abramowitz creates a textured depth that pulls viewers into the composition, into spaces between the fields of color, the layers of tissue paper, where tribal prints depicting animals and abstract forms swim with words and prisms, mouths and hands and demons, icons and pictograms.
Just like the modernists evaluated the canvas and paint, itself, I began to evaluate and deconstruct the blanket.
Pirates and Farmers largely deals with Hickey’s disillusionment with the art world that he helped create. Readers might even consider it a book-length resignation letter, except that it was published a full year after Hickey announced his alleged retirement.
The mural depicts a person in front of a row of shotgun houses, holding a grocery bag and a newspaper that reads “Dare to struggle; eat to win!” The image revises an artwork by Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther party.