Visual Arts Review
“Fahamu Pecou: Whirl Trade”
Through Jan. 9. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Get This! Gallery, 662 11th St. 678-596-4451, www.getthisgallery.com.
The bottom line: Fahamu Pecou has got the goods. An Atlanta artist to watch.
By Catherine Fox
A few years ago, Fahamu Pecou made a grand entrance posing as a preening hip-hop archetype in bravura performances.
The Atlanta artist featured his testosterone-oozing persona in his paintings of faux covers of real art magazines. The target: the stereotypes of black masculinity and the role of branding and media hype in fomenting them.
The distorted media characterizations and crippling self-image of the African-American male have engaged artists and thinkers for generations. Nevertheless, Pecou has found his own distinctive approach.
The paintings effectively commingle slick and street. Pecou offsets the technical skills evident in his portraiture and painterly touch with a