Julian Joseph Kyle (b. 1982, Stuttgart, Germany; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Image breaking as an act of investigation and reprogramming centers my art practice. I’m always amazed at the amount of information that lies within an image — by the weight these images carry, the vast cache of history they possess the power they command and the influence they cast over our society.
My own internalized Black male image anchors my life’s long body of work. Through each piece I am able to recreate and analyze the significance of both the positive and the negative images of Black Americans as a whole and Black American males in particular. Each image holds a rich background and history that carry with them huge cultural, political and financial ramifications that allow me to explore issues of race and identity by challenging the stereotypes while also shining a light on the beauty, strength, and perseverance of Blacks in America.