Rashaad Newsome

Posted by Fabio 30 March 2012

Rashaad Newsome’s work examines the visual language of power and status, juxtaposing high and low references to challenge perceived notions of social protocol and hierarchy. Sampling heavily from hip-hop and Pop culture, he selects and appropriates a disparate array of visual components, restructuring them into recognizable statements and symbols. In so doing, Rashaad challenges established ideas of cultural ownership, and illustrates an acutely contemporary understanding of the way socially specific signifiers convey meaning.