American Artist’s Stack of iPhones Decodes the Tech World Through the Lens of Blackness

“Yet, beneath the semblance of all this connectivity, the Black community remains fractured and dispossessed. The artist also offers an underlying critique of technology’s need to be ever-sleeker: what is all this shine glossing over?”
– Arts writer Mebrak Tareke, on American Artist’s Untitled (Too Thick) II (2021), “a tall, lean stack of used iPhone cases topped by a bulging blob of asphalt” on view as part of the solo show “Black Gooey Universe” at LABOR, Mexico City
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