BLM resident artist, pierre bennu uses humor, music and the creative tools of childhood to consider and explore social norms. Drawing from the graffiti, sampling and griot traditions, he works to connect discarded technologies and cultural artifacts, weaving ancestral stories into an ever evolving future archaeology. pierreâ€™s vision fosters a lifestyle support community that encourages us to live our most creative lives. Creativity is self care.
Through this sampling of pieces from the series â€œ1987â€? we get a visual meditation on the characters, people & icons who populated a landmark year in the childhood of the artist.
Every neighborhood had a â€˜peanutâ€™. Peanut was the youngest kid in the group who didnâ€™t say much but observed everything. Peanut was the quiet watcher. I remember the culture of playing outside & the tribes we made. It was an unspoken rule that peanut was everyone's responsibility. Peanut was the personification of compassion in the crew. I remember the sounds of the beads in her hair & the faint smell of bubblegum.