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STATIKONE.NET is an online art archive for the art works and biography of Rahmaan Statik Barnes. All art work on this website is was created by Rahmaan Statik between the years of 1999 to the present day. The total count of art work on this web site is around 400 and counting. If you want to see the best 40 art works go to www.rahmaanstatik.com .
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Public Artist, Designer, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Art Teacher
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Rahmaan Statik's first solo show of 2012 titled "Aerosol Supremacy"
Aerosol Supremacy celebrates the spray can as a painting medium. This is expressed through a 21 piece collection of work.
Rahmaan Statikʼs “Coltan” on Exhibition
at Elephant Room, Inc. in the South Loop of Chicago
“Coltan” is an exhibition of new work by Chicago-based artist, Rahmaan Statik that will be on exhibition May 21st through June 28th at Elephant Room, Inc. located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. The opening reception will be on Friday, May 24th from 6pm to 10pm.
“Coltan” analyzes and explores global free trade, technology, consumerism and the tragic beauty of the modern African American cultural identity in relation to the mining of the black gold, Coltan. Mined in the Eastern Congo, Coltan is a vital component in cell phone electronic circuits and therefore is an essential yet overlooked part of our everday lives. Through the illustration of contemporary African women, Statik not only confronts societyʼs idealistic interpretations of African culture, but also gives the viewer a glimpse into the Coltan trade. By addressing the power of seduction in society, Statik is able to bring attention to the brutality of the Coltan trade through the universal language of art.
At first glance, it may be a stretch to connect the “Coltan” series to the brutality of the Coltan trade in the Eastern Congo. In this series, Statik takes on the theme of the empowerment of contemporary African women by placing his subjects within an alternative universe where they carry the weight of an industrial and consumerist society. Statik sees societyʼs objectification of women as a misinterpretation of the power
of sensuality. Thus, heʼs painted these women of confidence, poise and sensuality all in positions of power among consumerist society. Statikʼs choice to title this series “Coltan” and openly share his drive to
create this series with the viewer, allows us to look beyond the vibrant paintings and consider his motivation.
Statik is not a stranger to creating work that reveals his passion for and knowledge on a certain subject. “I live a lifestyle of observation and creation. I believe that being well informed on the subject of your work
and having an organized strategy produces a more intriguing work of art.” -Statik. Through this new series, Statik is able to parallel the objectified yet powerful woman with the abuse of the Coltan trade by
referencing our obsession with being consumers of products of which we remain unconcerned of their origins. In this case, the tragedy falls onto the people of the Congo in Africa.
Doctors save lives, police fight crime, and the Artist dictates what we
know as Image, Icon, and Form. I live a life-style of observation and
creation. I believe that being well informed on the subject of your
work and having an organized strategy produces a more intriguing work
of art. I believe man has the right to choose his reality. In my
reality I have chosen my own destiny; time and fate have confirmed that
producing art is my positive contribution to society.
The work I produce both symbolizes and creates optimism for life in our
industrialized society. It also challenges the over-saturation of
mindless sexual and violent images in pop visual culture. I put forth a
passionate effort to produce art that has a spiritual, political and
My artwork has been executed by the use of computer based design
layouts and constructed with various art mediums, such as spray paint,
oil paint, and acrylic. The subjects of the work include figure
studies, human nature and political issues. My goal is to break the
preconceived idea of what most people may think aerosol art is,
highlighting the difference between aerosol art and graffiti.
The spray can is an example of a post-World War II product that was not
originally conceived for producing art, but as a household tool.
Through the use of the Chiaroscuro technique, combined with classical
and modern influences, my work seeks to have the spray can recognize as
an artistic medium. Further, the nature of the medium being an aerosol
can use for industry and aesthetic vandalism, is an icon for the fusion
of art and technology. As such, it is a form of modern art.
The historic influences of my work are Alphonse Mucha, Caravaggio and
Andy Warhol. Their uses of color, form and medium have proved a good
reference for setting my personal standard. Likewise, my contempory
influences, which include Mariko Mori, Brat Disney Cook and Zaha Hadid
have challenged me to raise my concepts of modern public art.
The fusion of art and technology continues with the use of the computer
with painting. The fusion of these mediums is what separates the work
artists are doing today from the work of the masters. Yet the master
standard is as important now, as then. The main principle in the
correlation of painting and computer is the creation of order with
chaos. This is another tool for the artist to push the envelope that
much further. We are living in a digital, information age, where
technology grows by the day. This has raised the standard in concept,
quality and quantity of work artist’s produce. I hope to continue to
always challenge the standard, producing quality original urban
Chicago Artist month 2010 featured artist, Chicago Artist month publications: 2 page spread page 24 and 25
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, surrounded by urban art and
public murals, I became inspired to be involved with the subculture of
urban graffiti. A consequent arrest for “vandalism” put me on a mission
to legitimize the production of aerosol murals.
This became the main focus of my work: public murals that fuse the
graffiti aesthetic with a classical training received from the American
Academy of Art. As co-founder of RK Design, a graphic arts and mural
company, I have produced over 200 murals, multiple CD covers, book
illustrations and logo designs. Through the Chicago Public Art Group,
as well as Gallery 37, I have instructed children in mural painting
techniques, as well as mentored young artists in their craft.
I currently work out of my studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of
Chicago, where in addition to pieces created in oil, acrylic, graphite,
pen & ink, pastels, mosaic tile, spray paint and digital media, I
am developing an instructional video on large-scale aerosol pieces.
Time Out Chicago page 1, Public eye article December 2-8 2010 full page spread
A.B.C 7 network television show Shark Tank Back, ground mural and paintings. Week 8 Ep9 Season 2 Aldo Orta 28:11 - 28:14