I conceived the Contraption Series after doing a short film commission for A3C and the Atlanta Film Festival. The short film, “Phony Freestyle”, was about how freestyle has changed from its true artform of improvising lyrics in the moment to reciting pre-written rhymes stored on their cellphones. As a way to conclude the film, I contrasted the lack of true freestyling to a loose plot of my observation of how typical businesses (check cashing, liquor stores, dialysis clinics) are designed to ultimately serve as pitfalls, as well as, implement a certain mentality within the black community.
One night while working on an editing project, I BEGAN THINKING about how this conspiracy would look in the style of Rube Goldberg. To me, the way conspiracy works is through uncommon relationships between people, things and circumstances. It actually made sense that it would look like a Rube Goldberg machine which is essentially an overly complicated device created to perform a simple task. Through this inspiration, I began working on The Contraption Series.
Just as the Contraption series investigates social and political conspiracies, Logic investigates those same narratives through simple and complex arithmetic and weirdness.
Norman Rockwell has always been an influence in my work. My early days as a commercial illustrator was guided by Rockwell’s stylistic characterization in his famous Saturday Evening Post covers. In preparing to promote the upcoming 5th Anniversary of the World Wide Art Federation, a trash talking live performance art competition where artist dress up and boast their skills and paint against each other, I returned to a classic composition. I was thinking to use Rockwell’s famous “Gossip” to address how members of the WWAF would spread insults leading up the art battle.. At the same time, I was thinking of how technology plays a role today in the spread of a rumor.
I built a pyramid as a tribute to the funkmasters that summoned me to Atlanta, The Dungeon Family.
"I was watching it and there was this segment on pyramids. They were saying the pyramids were probably created by aliens because of all of the mathematics that went into making it," he says. “For some reason, the Dungeon Family occurred to me at that moment [because of the way] they take bits and pieces of things and mix it together. They have black righteousness and then they [add] some funk shit, then they have some street shit…. It’s a very American way of doing things.”