MIAMI — Of all the people I expected to be shaking hands with at Art Basel, André 3000 was a surprise. Member of the six-time Grammy-Award-winning group OutKast, musician André Benjamin attended Art Basel for the first time this year— as one of the artists.
In an exhibition titled “i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin,” the Savannah Art School of Design organized a collaborative warehouse space in Miami’s Wynwood Design District. Abstract paintings by Jimmy O’Neal and an experimental film directed by Greg Brunkalla are posed with the 47 black jumpsuits worn by André 3000 on his OutKast reunion tour. Each suit has a unique phrase, ranging from the critical “across cultures, darker people suffer most. why?” to the provocative “i love you…plural” to the candid “i just wanna sleep.” These status-like fashion statements are meant to spark conversation about how we communicate ideas in the modern age.
This installation is free and open to the public. Find out more about André’s process in his interview with SCAD President and Founder, Paula Wallace.