Diedrick Brackens weaves love, labor, and legacy into his textiles
From his Los Angeles studio, artist Diedrick Brackens spoke with Art21 contributor Essence Harden about the development of his weaving practice. Describing his choice of materials and colors, Brackens reflects on how these elements come together to create narratives within his work.
“I want to elevate all of these material languages because I think, again, it folds back into thinking about the history of quilting for African Americans,” says the artist. “You take the scraps and all the things, and then it becomes precious through your labor and love of it. I feel like this is the underlying ethos that I try to keep up in the works.”
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Lonnie Holley deconstructs his creative resilience
From the site of his installation for the Prospect.3 biennial in New Orleans, Lonnie Holley discusses one of the works on view, Vox Humana II: Information and Instructions (Music Is Still Strong After Being Torn to Pieces) (2014), with Kerry James Marshall.
“You can do all the harm you want to do to the instrument,” says Holley, “but the music is in the human.”
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