A featured guest of this year's Art & Soul 2011 celebration, Lobyn Hamilton works with a unique material —pieces of LP vinyl— and he uses them to assemble a dead-on portrayal of his subject.
In many cases, his subjects happen to be musicians — Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Erykah Badu among them. Often he likes to use the album centerpieces to let you know that he's working with repurposed LPs.
Take, for example, his Bob Dylan portrait. Lobyn cuts the long, rectangular strands of vinyl that represent Bob Dylan's hair in such a straight and consistent manner that it would be hard to guess the original medium if he didn't have an album centerpiece in the composition. By the way, the sculptural element in Dylan's hairdo—the way it leaps off the canvas—is pretty amazing.
My favorite work of his in the Artsgarden, however, is his "Huey P Newton: Untelevised Revolution" where he not only uses LP vinyl but also multicolored newspaper clippings bearing the masthead "The Black Panther" as part of the composition. By simultaneously expanding his palette and engaging the realm of politics, Lobyn demonstrates decisively that his work in this medium is no mere novelty.
Don't miss your chance to see Lobyn DJing at the Artsgarden on Feb 25 at 11:30 AM.
(Slideshow) Lobyn Hamilton
Art and Soul's featured visual artist is Lobyn Hamilton, whose work will hang at the Artsgarden throughout February.