Artist Statement: I have painted gucci links all over my piano. Where the gucci link necklace holds its iconic stamp in the hip hop culture, the luxury and extravagance, when juxtaposed with a piano, makes me think of Liberace. My goal is to draw the viewer from across the street–the same thinking, I’m sure, that Liberace and all the hip hop heads had about being flashy. I’m convinced that when the sun shines on the links it will blind everyone. I can’t wait to get it out in the streets…come to think of it, the jumbled gucci links may also look like a Versace printed silk shirt, pure gaudery!!!!
  • 2015

James Alicea



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