Every Saturday, The Creators Project premieres a new issue from net art platform and artist collective, FELT Zine.
Celebrate the holiday weekend with this special Martin Luther King Jr. themed issue of FELT Zine courtesy of Mark Digital. At the center of this week’s King’s Dream piece is a black digital bust of MLK surrounded with red roses and topped off with a large golden crown reminiscent of the Notorious B.I.G. Toggling your arrow keys moves the center piece in different directions allowing the viewer to examine the bust from all angles. Digital fixed his sculpture of Dr. King with two roses in the place of eyes, an aesthetic choice heavily influenced by the cover art for the "Martin Lucid Dream" album by rapper Denmark Vessey.
King is often remembered for his "I Have A Dream" speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. In this address Dr. King spoke about income inequality and the redistribution of wealth, protesting the Vietnam war, and vilifying the White House. The artist believes the greater message ingrained in that speech has been suppressed over the years in order to promote the image of a Gandhi-inspired peace protestor.
Although Dr. King made tremendous progress for the Civil Rights Movement through peaceful protest, towards the end of his life, his philosophy began to align with the ideals of Malcolm X and other African American leaders now considered radical to mainstream America. The artist tells The Creators Project, “With this piece we hope to take back the narrative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and expand it to remind people he was more than one speech.”