In the City: RAE Reps BK

“Truth is, I never know where I am going to be or what I’m in the middle of doing when I spot something on the street I want to use in one of my pieces” - RAE

RAE, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, grew up in Brooklyn’s Flatlands and Mill Basin, eyeing his first pair of Air Jordans at Kings Plaza and buying Slick Rick records at Nobody Beats the Wiz.
His work, dubbed "urban folk art," draws influence from everyday Brooklyn life and materials found in the borough, he said. He’s missed meetings, cut up his legs, and stopped his car in the middle lane of the Belt Parkway to retrieve objects.

His work — some legal, some placed illegally — includes pop-art abstract paintings that draw from graffiti style with thick, black lines and hard edges, while his three-dimensional urban robots and character installations are inspired by people he’s met over the years.

“Other times it’s more about noticing a void.  Missing tiles, a pole with a street sign missing, tree tops that could use trunks. Whatever. Sometimes I just see a spot and it calls me.  I don’t know how it got my number but I still answer.”- RAE

by CamilleBautista

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