Antoinette Cauley, displayed not only amazing artwork from her new “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” collection, a group of Caucasian young girls structured as black stereotypical men. She also unveiled her soul with the masses. It was my pleasure to connect with her and many attendees located at the Rebel Salon & Vintage in Phoenix,AZ.
The vibe sincerely captured my attention meanwhile mellow voices lingered throughout the midsize vintage salon. To greet the guest was a selection of contact information, collection souvenirs, and welcoming guest browsing around, each in their very own territory viewing pure talent. Of course, being a true lover of art I was witnessing first hand folks becoming mesmerized by the artwork, just as I was.
“Her artwork truly comes alive in my head, Ms.Cauley has a tremendous amount of talent” -Spencer Hudson, Attendee
It was even more fascinating to know that the artwork was done by one individual. After being reminded by each awe moment, I finally spoke with the Woman Of The Hour Ms. Antoinette Cauley as she explains to me the concept of her themed collection. “The concept of taking any negative stereotypes of black men that I can come up with and placing it on young white girls, I wanted people to look at them and think that they were pretty and cute and really think about what they meant, if you got it then it was meant for you to get it.”- Antoinette Cauley . Luckily her words were synced with my thoughts and conveyed accurately through display. I’m sure everyone made an exit that night with their own meaning, but mines was pretty clear, “I was standing in a hip hop stereotypical war zone”
I’ll paint you the picture:
I felt as though I walked into a Hip Hop fairy tale, the portraits birth live, radiant colors that pierced right through your heart, the details were illustrative, capturing violence, art, music, and heart collectively embodying The Streets. All I see is innocent pale faces covered in their own description the description of a stereotypical black man. In each corner stood a hip hop artist, a painted artwork that silently guided their music throughout the salon. My first encounter was Nipsey Hussle I ran into him while walking over to my first girl portrait, his diamond shaped painted picture identified his secret success as I walk down the road inside my fairytale in front of me positions “The Queen Of The Streets” the vessel of each of those stereotypical photos of black men raised by a single mother. Ironically, it dawned on me, these little white girls aren’t aware of what they got themselves into, their innocent lives will not dare measure up to the stereotypical men they’re channeling.
Can’t you see? That’s the beautiful apart about art.
After visiting “The Queen Of The Streets”, next door right besides the beautiful bold picture was a painting of Wale. I personally wanted to take him home, although his job wasn’t done, just like his peers on the wall besides him, such as: J.Cole, Nipsey Hussle, and Kendrick Lamar. Their job wasn’t done, they were the soundtrack of the evening, they are the tracks of the streets and the young girls were the lyrics.
So the question is: Would you be home before the street lights come on?
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