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    Enlisting the technical tenor of Hype Williams’ hip-hop videos from the 90′s, Wiley saturates his consummately styled subjects of Fulton Street Mall pedigree–caps flipped backward, wearing gear of New York legend–in “super rapturous light.” Through these 17 photographs, Wiley produces an intimate study of embattled psychologies whose adherents are at once flawed and majestic, canonized and misunderstood. Brilliant patterns extracted from 50′s home decor magazines and Martha Stewart’s 1999 home collection embrace sitters in a kind of religious shroud collapsing fore and backgrounds, spatial comprehension and the black male gaze into a cacophonous, unsettling harmony.

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