Iragi Nkere: My Morphinominal Life in Art

Now that it’s been a minute and we really feel like we’re back in our art center, we’re happy to be resuming our periodic spotlights on 1-2 artists in our showroom gallery.

Currently in the gallery: “My Morphinominal Life in Art” featuring Iragi Nkere, on view through the end the September. Stop by to see the work in-person if you can, or follow along on social media as we share artwork details and thoughts from Iragi.

Make Studio Artist Iragi Nkere brings keen social insight, encyclopedic pop culture knowledge, passions for justice and music, love of family, and boundless enthusiasm into his art. 

Midway through 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging and the Movement for Black Lives belatedly entering many people’s consciousnesses, Iragi began in earnest to make art that focused on his experiences as a young, Black man in America. Reflective of his multitude of concerns AND the interests that bring him joy, Iragi has continued to weave art about social justice into his practice. For Iragi, this includes bringing elements of the big budget cinematic universe directly into works about BLM as well as alternating tributes for beloved celebrities and voice actors with cartoon and TV logo mashups with pieces featuring African wildlife (“it’s what my grandma likes”).

The important thing for the people is to UnWelcome to the Tyrannical world. Last year’s Memorial Day was a Lost Cause, Damnation & Doomungous in Minneapolis Minnesota. It turned my stomach, messed up the kidney, claustrophobic, gassy, frostbite & got inside my head. . .I just can’t take all that Tyrant, Self-Destructive & Endangering me no more. I am elude tyranny & those Prosecute Jail Killer Law Authorities.

NO JUSTICE & PEACE & NEVER BE SILENT.

 I’ve made a tribute of Samuel E. Wright Because he’s done it all completed Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the voice of Sebastian the Crab & So I played Just Dance 2016 to sing & dance to “Under The Sea” to pay a tribute to him. I’ve made a tribute to Eddie Van Halen including “Dreams” , the rock & roll song that I just heard it at the end of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.   

My grandma, Nyanya & My mom love the sound of African music & My grandma, Nyanya & [my brother] Amani love to do their prayers & watching EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), Even, She taught my mom how to do their prayers because I know my mom loves christian Music & not to mention: Don Moen. 

Amani loves SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom & Jerry, Teen Titans & Toy Story. I love Looney Tunes, Hot Wheels, Scooby-Doo & Power Rangers. I made them all what’s for Holidays & Special Occasions. 

Everyone knows that unstoppable, talented & stylish to make what’s for everyone, my family & myself.

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