Brancusi Sculpting Beyonce is now available in limited edition vinyl on Hundebiss Records. You can buy the vinyl here. Get the digital on Bandcamp. Stream it on all the major platforms if that’s what you’re into.
The sound and visual of this record and the themes and ideas behind it I have been thinking about and living with for a while. Simone Trabucchi was very supportive and responsive to what I wanted to do. Jim was generous, offering photographs and proposing ideas and working alongside Simone and myself to execute the whole thing. It’s been a pleasure working with these two. Definitely stay tuned for more. We got some more in store.
“Brâncuși sculpting Beyoncé in gold lamé” is a line from Mike Ladd’s song “Blonde Negress” from the album Negrophilia. The album was inspired by Petrine Archer-Straw’s book of the same name (with the subtitle “Avant-Garde Paris and Black Culture in the 1920s”).
The book explores the Paris art world’s embrace of black American and African culture — and its co-option of black art and culture, which played heavily into Art Deco, Cubism, jazz, etc. I read the book some years back, but I love how Mike Ladd warps it, drawing a long line between Beyonce and Brancusi, whose Sleeping Muse was inspired by African masks.
Produced & Mixed by Lamin Fofana
Artwork by Jim C. Nedd
Design by Simone Trabucchi