Andre 3000 has the most expansive sense of style of any rapper in the game right now. He's taken his looks to the stage, to movies and television, as well as to his own clothing line. Now, he's come through with an art exhibition. After its premier at Art Basel Miami Beach last winter, "i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin" has moved into a formal museum space. The newly opened SCAD FASH museum which is a part of the (hold your breath now) Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art in Savannah, the Savannah College of Art and Design, is not a lyric out of "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik," but a real, bona fide place and future home for 3 Stacks' 47 jumpsuits.
Yes, these are the jumpsuits he wore during the Outkast reunion tour, each of which were designed by Andre 3000 and feature individual phrases spelled out across the chest that read like liner notes from "ATLiens" or "Aquemini". Ranging from social critique to colorful hubris, the phrases included, "sorry i forgot to call you back," "i've never had f@cebook, twitt@r, or inst@gram," and "big girls are beautiful to me."
The exhibit, which is on view through September 13th, features the work of filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O'Neal as well, who've collaborated with 3 Stacks before. Reeling back from the barrage of information and images that flood our everyday lives, Andre Benjamin uses his own rapid fire means of expression to remind us of what's real as well as the contradictions between our social lives and our lives on social media.