$tackin Paperr (Black) By Agent X


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Agent X is an experimental multimedia artist, working at the forefront of contemporary art with a unique aesthetic that juxtaposes pop culture, fashion, music, politics and race. His memorable moniker hints at the ungraspable nature of his art, which shifts from piece to piece, never the same while always seeking to probe the role of the artwork. Poignantly, the name Agent X also alludes to a brutal moment in American history: X signifies the last name commonly given to African American slaves and, working under this pseudonym, the elusive artist strives to “honour” the victims of this history, seeing himself as “a slave to my art in a twisted way.” ‘$tackin Paperr (Black)’ depicts a small boy, standing on tip-toes to measure an enormous stack of $100 bills. The collaging together of the two, disparate images, against the hard-black background is arresting and compelling: a powerful comment on consumer culture in the States.