Tim Rollins & K.O.S.
I see the promised land (after the Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr.) Black and Blue
matte acrylic and pencil on book page
9 x 6.5 inches (paper)
22.9 x 16.5 cm
10.875 x 8 inches (framed)
27.6 x 20.3 cm
Rollins and K.O.S. begin with important literary and musical classics as the inspiration for their artwork, which is typically produced directly on the pages of books, cut out and laid in a grid on canvas. By layering book pages onto canvas and painting enigmatic images directly overtop each work, Rollins and K.O.S. have revealed the transformative power of art.
This is their signature style, which was developed early on in their collaboration. This particular work references Dr. King's 1968 speech, which was the last speech he delivered before his assassination. In this speech, King famously said, "I've been to the mountaintop." The solid black triangle superimposed over Dr. King's words convey a mountain's peak and are also an abstract symbol of the power and intensity of his words.