Drék is a professor of art teaching and exhibiting in the American South. His primary artistic concern he transfers on information via ritualized activities and various forms of contemporary idol worship. The interests stemmed from the fans given by funeral homes, insurance companies, and banks to churches. One such fan presents images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. He refers to this as “the holy trinity.” His work couples the, “in your face marketing” of these visual figures with today’s “in your face” Hip Hop artists. The initial fans juxtaposed images of Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace against those of those of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
The act of “sampling” personae and characteristics of actual or fictitious individuals” particularly within the Hip hop culture, has in some instances synthesized hyper-masculine, anti-intellectual stereotypes that distort the perception of what it means to be an African American make. Much in the way W.E.B. DuBois viewed double consciousness.
Drék’s continuing body of work, which he calls Idle worship, is a consideration of Yorùbá and Voudun deities against common secular and sacred phrases/imagery assosiciated with Christianity, pop culture and history.
Dréks work will hang
August 1st until September 30th
with an opening reception
on Friday, Aug 10th at 6pm.
The Bossier Arts Council offers payment plans for purchasingartwork. Must be paid in full by end of show or forfeit deposit.
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