In Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” he edits together snippets of interviews with Tupac so that Tupac appears to be answering questions asked by Lamar. The result is an imagined conversation between Lamar and his late idol that highlights their shared beliefs and the power dialogue and reflection. Participants listened to the interview several times, noting the type of questions asked and the tone of the conversation. They then chose a role model, gone too soon, that they would have liked to speak with. Each artist first came up with the questions, then mined interviews, lyrics, and speeches of their role model to reconstruct a conversation with them. To create the imagery, artists appropriated photographs of the subject, transforming the images by adding the unique patterns and doodles of their own hand. Artists then carved images of the role models into linoleum and created a series of prints.
Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Program Harlem, NY Teaching Artist: Laura Schneider