My name is Hebru Brantley.
I’m a visual artist from Chicago.
I’ve always wanted to do these things.
I’ve always wanted to have this voice.
And you know, in terms of what perspective my voice came from.
I didn’t know, you know,
whether it was going to be from visual art, whether it was going to be the filmmaker.
You know, at the…the young age of 16,
I just wanted to express myself.
And so…for me art was the easiest way to do that.
Because it was the cheapest way,
it was the…grab a can and go.
You know, figure it out.
Deciding to be an artist came from the labor of love.
You kinda have to, because you face the whole lore of starving artist.
他们潦倒谋生 直到死去 或者在晚年
You know, artist struggle until they’re dead, until they…you know.
Later on in life, they get their notoriety and mostly don’t.
I grew up south side of Chicago.
You know, I learned early what it was to hustle,
and when we shape and form, the other and….
Cause it’s gonna sound funny, but…,
a lot of my education in terms of hustling came from…
you know, my peers and hip-pop music.
Learning the way in which an artist can take a product,
and then instead of waiting for somebody to te… tell
them that product is great,
and blow that product up and embellish it.
You can just take it,
you take the power, you take it to the people yourself.
直接从后备箱 从书包里 拿出艺术品卖
Directly you sell out of your trunk, you sell out of your bookbag.
You know, you hit heavily popular areas and festivals,
you know, you’re pushing this product.
Social media has a tremendous impact on my business.
I think that you know, with…
short of moving past Facebook into Instagram where…
for me, it’s all about the visual.
You know, and you can create your own near it around,
whatever that visual is.
I think there’s an opportunity there to sort of
set the tone, set sort of balance for what.
That thing is what you want it to be,
and how you want to be perceived.
That allows you to…sort of see the process,
allows me to show more of…what goes behind
the creation, what happens with the work,
you know, where is the work live, you know,
what happens in…the beginning phases to the end.
So, it helps in a lot of ways that I think also to…just to…
inform my collector base,
inform those just follow me that wanna support the thing
that I am doing.
From…you know, just coming out to a show,
to sending other friends
that are in certain parts of the country or the world
out to a show.
It’s that media see that how they right there.
It’s definitely the huge part of what I do.
Chicago’s growing so much,
it’s a very very different city than
a lot of the other major metropolises.
In especial in terms of art and fine art, street art.
I’ve watched the city have…and grow a love for it.
You know, to where it now has grown its own…sort of roots,
and has the different divisions and lanes,
that it didn’t before.
There was no sort of other space, you know,
the opportunities for young artists to
sort of grow here and involve here.
It wasn’t there, you know, when I was younger.
It definitely is now to foster the talent.
A lot more of the talent is staying because of that.
So, you get to sort of really have these people ruled it,
and grow a community of other artists to follow suit,
and sort of do this thing and strengthen the numbers.
I think now we’ve changed a lot,
and it’s really a great powerful.
从视觉艺术 到音乐 再到表演 等等
I mean, from the visual arts to music to acting to…,
you know, etc, like it’s definitely growing a lot.
So, I mean, I wish Chicago like the best as what I know.
Hebru Brantley-visual artist