DEJUAN HUNT II’S NEW PERSUASIVE ART

New Persuasive Art is a contemporary art style .. that persuades the viewer’s mind to think outside of the box and see the bigger picture of the art itself. — Dejuan Hunt II

New Persuasive Art, DeJuan Hunt
“New Persuasive,” by DeJuan Hunt II

Reading the above words, I realized that the artist had re-framed my notion of outside of the box.  At first glance, his compositions reveal a fine balance of visual elements. The dramatic black and white style with discriminating punches of color appears somewhat Baroque.

Moreover, Hunt’s urban characters participate in miracles; complete with doves, effulgences, hearts, and innocent signatures, that are not unlike Rembrandt’s Raising of Lazarus. Both artists present the miraculous moment at the height of dramatic tension.  Yet, Hunt’s presentation is unpretentious and identifiable by comparison.

The hearts and simple signature convey a sense of innocence within the artist’s dramatic compositions.  The subject is not of biblical significance, but rather emphasizes the unassuming urban hero.  The New Perspective apparently embraces unexpected possibility.

Hunt elaborates upon his ideas in a new book entitled;  New Persuasive Art:  an Art Style I’ve  Invented.  The artist reassesses the order of things emphasizing an archaeology of meaning rather than predictably linear moments in time.  Similarly, his creative vision is reflected in a process that incorporates layers of imagery to produce not only unified, original imagery, but also fresh meaning.

In New Persuasive, for example, a cut-out picture of a bird has been layered over a scene with a street light to suggest that unlikely, everyday characters participate in humble miracles.  If Hunt’s New Persuasive Art operates within art history and its traditions, his reverence for love hidden everywhere around us is dazzling.

 

BRITTINI RENEE’S PAINTING AND POETRY

I show and talk about subjects people of today try to ignore. — Brittini Renee

"Black Beauty," Brittini Renee
“Black Beauty,” Brittini Renee

Brittini Renee has defiantly chosen bright colors over depression.  The emerging artist’s experience of racism has galvanized her creativity and empowered her to valiantly prevail over grim reality with soul-searching painting, poetry, and creative writing.  The artist’s reverence for beauty, and creativity, defies racial dehumanization in favor of human dignity.  Her creative voice allows her to express her personal concerns presenting minority groups not as others, but rather as precious human beings.  Black Beauty, for example, presents an African American woman in savvy, vibrant colors and polished style.

Similarly, Brittini Renee’s creative writing challenges false stereotypes.  Her piece entitled Society reflects her nuanced view of racism with poignant questions about insidious assumptions commonly made about minorities.  At the same time, the artist emphasizes a shared humanity.

Society

Society dines and wines on segregation and separation.

They speak of  How one race has more than the other.

How your neighbor is richer than you.

Society complains about how your race is perceived in the media.

We complain that no one understands the struggle of your race.

But do you understand the struggle of your race?

Were you on the hot plantations pickin’ cotton and answering

“Masta”?

No, you were not, so stop claiming that you were.

 Instead of society standing on separation we should stand

on assimilation.

The assimilation that we are all the same. 

No color, gender, or nationality defines who we are.

DNA defines individuals.

Blood types, heart rhythms, brain patterns, and fingerprints

‘separate’ us.

Our color is less significant,  because if we were burned beyond recognition,

they would learn who a person was with science.

Not how much money you had or wanted.

Not by your education level, or the car you drove.

Just science. 

Society does not stand on a mountain but instead on a

active volcano

-Brittini Renee

Brittini Renee voices concerns that are easy to ignore.  In re-framing her vision in creative terms, she has discovered a strategy for not only surviving an often depressing reality, but also dispelling ignorance with creativity.