“This idea of repetition and revision is central to my working process—this idea of stacking and layering and building up densities and recoveries. He’s been altered in a way that the-character-that-is-now-my-conscripted Isaac Hayes should be altered to be in my lexicon.”
The artist’s printmaking process involved multiple techniques—including lithography, tattoo engraving, and laser-cutting—and materials such as crystals, gold leaf, velvet, and plasticine.
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IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 3 episode, Play, 2005. Segment: Ellen Gallagher. © Art21, Inc. 2005.