This is the first of an ongoing series: 3 Cool Things, highlighting recent discoveries or experiences of our Digital Intern, Naana Frezel.
Kari Faux, Webster Hall 11 Feb 2015
Kari Faux isn’t your typical female MC. She’s from Little Rock Arkansas, produces her own beats, and dabbles in photography. What sets her apart, however, is the lack of lyrical content about the struggles of a female in a male dominated industry. Her bars have refreshingly evolved past this topic. Faux’s meteoric rise can be attributed to a verse and hook on Childish Gambino’s latest mix-tape, STN MTN. Hip-hop enthusiasts would have eventually discovered the self-proclaimed ‘rap game Daria,’ yet a co-sign from Gambino – otherwise known as comedian and actor/TV writer Donald Glover – is expediting the curve from obscure to abuzz. The two MCs share a common theme: a heavy referencing of digital & Internet culture. Faux made her NYC debut at Webster Hall in February. We were treated to live renditions of underground hits, “Ken Griffey,” “Internet,” and a cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” Faux closed out her set performing the latest fan favorite, “No Small Talk.” Confetti sprinkled the dark-lit room as a beaming Kari Faux solidified her emergence into mainstream hip-hop culture.
“Segregation Story: Gordon Parks” provides viewers with a striking look inside segregation in the Jim Crow South. The 40+ photographs on view, all shot in 1956, demonstrate Parks’ power as a documentarian, offering an intimate and empathetic look into the lives of others. There is a subtlety to the social commentary; most of the photos are a simple look at the everyday lives of African-Americans families. Parks humanizes his subjects, dispelling the beliefs that helped foster segregation. We see African-Americans in every day middle-class activities—buying ice cream, window-shopping, waiting outside a department store, etc. Parks’ subjects are “normal people”; yet in the details of each picture we see them conform to the spaces designated for “Colored” and “White,” a sad part of our history that implies they are something other than normal. Although segregation is a part of our past, racial conflict remains. In a Ferguson-era of America, Parks’ work demands the renewed attention received here.
I learned of the work of Rafael de Cardenas by working at SLP. Among his recent projects is the new London boutique of jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez; as a component of this, the Architecture at Large studio directed a digital rendering of the concept of the space. Cardenas and his crew created a thoughtful, futuristic, representation of the boutique, fit for the visually obsessed digital-age. The video is a conceptual rendering as apposed to a straight up maquette. In the video, materials used for the boutique like wood, glass, metal, and stone are elegantly represented by the four seasons and the four humors of medicinal teachings. Despite the fact that this is a re-imagined, cyber rendering of the store, the jewel-tones and signature use of geometry by de Cardenas are illuminated in the video as it is in the actual space. The video was made for Delettrez’s issue of A Magazine Curated By. NC17 produced the video in collaboration with Rafael de Cardenas, with edits by Daniel Spangler, and music by Broken Codes. This is by far the most creative form of product promotion I’ve seen in awhile!
-Naana Frezel, Digital Intern