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Ben Brown Fine Arts opens first solo exhibition by LA-based artist Awol Erizku in Europe
Awol Erizku, When You See Too Much, You See Nothing, 2016. Photo by Joshua White. © the Artist, Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.


LONDON.- Ben Brown Fine Arts is presenting Make America Great Again, the first solo exhibition by LA-based artist Awol Erizku in Europe. Make America Great Again marks a departure from Erizku's photographic work, bringing together new sculptures and paintings as well as a 'conceptual mix-tape' produced specifically for the exhibition.

Taking key political symbols and historical iconography whilst sampling from the urban fabric of his surroundings, Erizku combines 'high-art' references, such as the notion of the 'ready-made', with popular culture.

Central to the exhibition is HOW THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? (2017), a silkscreened American flag with a black panther printed heavily across the stars and stripes. Requiring no translation, the work stems directly from what the artist describes as the current 'political turmoil' and the atmosphere of 'racism and bigotry' that he feels has aggressively resurfaced in the US.

Through a combination of assemblage and sound, Erizku re-appropriates what can at first appear as mundane. Writing or symbols painted illicitly on a wall in the street become emblems of a political struggle in works such as Wave Brake (2017) and Wish the Worst (2017). Street slang is translated directly onto plywood or corrugated metal in order to preserve the immediacy of such a form of expression. Spray-painted '12' numbers, slang for the police, become frighteningly potent when repeated over and over, themselves forming an inescapable part of the environment.

Throughout Make America Great Again, Erizku plays with the sense of creation and destruction and assimilates a diverse range of forms and colours. Blocks of heavy colour on corrugated metal evoke the endless cycle of street artists layering paint over myriad images hidden underneath, in the piece Their Eyes Were Watching God (2017), Nefertiti's plaster bust recalls a lost ancient civilisation repurposed for the current era, in the work Tunnel Vision (2017), a once pristine white picket fence - now a charged political symbol - becomes a metaphor for brutal division as red paint appears to bleed across it.

Adopting the political slogan that originated with the Ronald Reagan presidential campaign of 1980 but is more recently associated with the current US president's 2016 campaign, the exhibition 'Make America Great Again', offers a commentary on ideas of politics and power as well as identity and belonging.






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