Hands Up (3 Variations)
Denver, CO + New York, NY

Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 23 in. (56 x 76 cm)

In 2014, friend and hiphop artist Matre reached out to me to create a representational image for his song, Listen, which was created in response to the news that the L.A. Unified School District police received military-grade weapons from the Department of Defense. Of course I agreed, and a version of the image was used to announce the song’s release as well as in the form of a fictional flyer within the music video for the song.

The image and its subject matter later became an impetus for multiple works of art including a multimedia installation at Leila Heller Gallery in NYC, a more evolved version of the installation at Magic City: Art of the Street which toured Dresden, Munich, and Stockholm. The image has also been the basis of multiple works on paper, including the ones pictured here.

Volta, Plan-B — New York, 2019
Moniker Art Fair — New York, 2019