Justin Robinson



Artist Statement

By utilizing rap lyrics as a found object, I camouflage and re-contextualize these signifiers in plain sight. By changing the aesthetics of hip hop culture into one we interpret as institutional or conventional, they now have the appearance of a common street sign. These seemingly average street poles that direct our everyday lives are transformed into a larger dialogue that is applicable to a wider population. Viewers in the street may initially read these lines as poetry because of their location and that they are void of the cultural stereotypes associated with the sub-culture. In the end, I hope to engage deeper racial and cultural issues through an accessible medium and context.