On Tuesday December 17th, 2013, artist Tom Sachs (courtesy of Gagosian) and Oliver “Power” Grant (founder of the WuTang Clan) discussed WuTang Hybrid Arts (WU HA), moderated by curator Jasmine Wahi at NeueHouse in celebration of 20 years of WuTang.
Tom Sachs explained his space program in depth and enlightened the panel audience with his commentary on American Colonialism. For Tom Sachs, WuTang represents the art of storytelling and overcoming struggle. He explained his fascination with the iconic W logo, its branding on so many products and the businesses that stemmed from WuTang Clan, which in his eyes truly embodies American entrepreneurship and creating one’s reality. Oliver “Power” Grant wowed the audience with his raw, unfiltered take on life, weaving the story of WuTang’s inception and his 20+ year preservation of the brand.
The WU HA panel discussion featured live painting by by Ben Angotti, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella and Andre Trenier courtesy of Faces Inc.
WuTang Hybrid Arts (WU HA) is a yearlong initiative celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the WuTang Clan. WU HA launched with its inaugural exhibition, “WU HA | 20 20” at downtown New York transmedia gallery Wallplay on November 9th, 2013, the 20th anniversary of the release date of WuTang’s first single “Protect Ya Neck”. WU HA & Wallplay have teamed up to provide a platform on www.wuha.com for the work of artists inspired by the music and mythology of WuTang Clan and the iconic “W” logo, a symbol of the rising phoenix that has transcended race and genre.
This yearlong WuTang Hybrid Arts initiative will culminate with a September 2014 exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum curated by WU HA’s founders Oliver “Power” Grant and Laura O’Reilly of Wallplay with independent curator Jasmine Wahi.
Photos by: Ben Rosser