by Maria Sofou
American artist Titus Kaphar creates intriguing artworks that interact with the history of art in an unexpected way: the artist appropriates its styles and mediums by painting in the style of classical and Renaissance masters and then recontextualizing the artworks.
Kaphar experiments with cutouts, layers and texture, producing deconstructed installations that present the viewer with a different dimension of reality.
“I cut, crumple, shroud, shred, stitch, tar, twist, bind, erase, break, tear, and turn the paintings and sculptures I create, reconfiguring them into works that nod to hidden narratives and begin to reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history. … In so doing, my aim is to perform what I critique, to reveal something of what has been lost, and to investigate the power of a rewritten history,” the artist explains. (Source)