Vertical Integration (Neighborhood Nip), 2019
By Knowledge Bennett
Mixed media on canvas •120 x 24 in • 304.8 x 61 cm
Unlike McCracken known for his planks, glossed to brilliant shine, that lean against the gallery walls, by which he melds the restrained formal qualities of minimalism and a sensibility expressed through color, form, and finish, Knowledge Bennett utilizes minimal aesthetics which are tall, slim, black, and brilliant by delving into economic concerns and community affairs.
Vertical Integration (Neighborhood Nip) serves as a reminder of the business strategies set forth by a lost member of our own community; Ermias Joseph Asghedom aka Nipsey Hu$$le a recently departed rapper, entrepreneur, Grammy-nominated, and community activist whose brand has experienced a major economic boost since Nipsey’s passing just a few months ago.