Hip Hop Artist Brings Cartoon Exhibition to Los Angeles

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On View Through June 30

Bruce Lurie Gallery announced the opening of Saturday Mornings, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Al-Baseer Holly (ABH) on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Born in Philadelphia, ABH's art first found expression through his work as a member of the hip-hop duo Philly's Most Wanted. Taking his voice from the mic to the canvas, the self-taught artist now pays tribute to childhood memories through his vivid vignettes that colorfully blend pop culture figures with street art style.

Saturday Mornings will feature a series of paintings that incorporate nostalgic cartoon imagery from ABH's childhood, an important aspect of which was the regular rite of cartoon viewing on Saturday mornings. These works reveal the playful energy of these moments of freedom that existed in a blissful state of immediacy, lacking the constraints of rule and regimen. The adventure and excitement of these cartoon worlds created for him a simple pleasure that acted as an engaging escape from quotidian concerns. ABH revisits iconic characters such as Spongebob Squarepants, Beavis and Butthead, and G.I. Joe, among others, and juxtaposes their literal images with a variety of abstract representations. He strives to expose the social commentary found in the cartoons' multifaceted characters. In each piece, the brightly hued compositions balance humor, narrative, and reflective discourse that capture the zeitgeist of the era in which the cartoons were viewed.

ABH's work has been exhibited nationwide and has attracted the attention of Tommy Hilfiger, Beyonce, and Rita Ora. Saturday Mornings will be on view beginning June 2 and will remain so until June 30.

Anabel Marquez