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Sheltering-in-Place: Day 159

This is a text based image. The text on the image reads BLACK LIVES MATTER AMPLIFY THEM @acetheartist “This world is filled with creatives and people who aren't scared to take their own lane and get it by any means, and judging by the fact that you are here means that you are one of them. Welcome.” —Acetheartist

The text on the image reads

BLACK LIVES MATTER
AMPLIFY THEM
@acetheartist
“This world is filled with creatives and people who aren't scared to take their own lane and get it by any means, and judging by the fact that you are here means that you are one of them. Welcome.”
—Acetheartist

 

I needed an illustrator today to make sense of the [expletive deleted] nature of the world right now. I found Acetheartist and his Boogie Wrld, where we are encouraged to create our own lane. I have so much respect for this concept and philosophy. It's what I needed. I hope it's what you need, too.

I can only draw on what I know to characterize this illustrator's work. I wish I knew more contemporary references. I'll work on that. Enough caveats! Here we go.

In Acetheartist's work, I see influences of Cubism with multiple perspectives, many eyes, and smiles extending beyond the edge of faces. There's surrealism by way of juxtapositions that remind me of Chagall, but with crisp, digital edges and graphic simplification. The geometric distortion of limbs points me to Schiele as there is some horror depicted in Acetheartist's work. There's a broad range of emotionality and message in his work, though, so don't let the word "horror" stop you from looking. What I particularly like is that I'm getting all this range and meaning from works that are very graphic, pared down, and direct. There's not a lot of fluff, just work. It's direct, and that makes this effective.

I feel like my brain's been scrubbed clean of some toxic goop. Thanks, Acetheartist.