Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality

From the birth of hip-hop in the late 60s through the golden era of the 90s, mixtapes were recognized as a popular collection of song compilations roughly put together. This format, unlike a polished album, showcased frail songs in multiple forms, whether recordings of a live performances, remixes, demos, or instrumental. This highlighted the potential of the artist and song, rather than the quality of the song itself. This multiplicity created a polyvocal dialogue, expanding possible interpretations and possibilities for how the song could be constructed.

Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality works within the framework of multiplicity to create nuanced perspectives. This series is a collection of screenprints, large scale paintings, and audio works. Each body of works within the respective series and medium derives from each other, while revealing something new.

Black on Both Sides Series

Screenprint on aluminum

A collection of 57 screenprints, each image is of a different Black African-American individual constructed simultaneously by negative and positive raking light. Without direct light the images are negative composites; however, when the black reflective surface is caught by rain light, the inverse of the negative composite can be perceived.

Paintings on canvas

Paintings on canvas

The figures within the larger-than-life paintings interact in a space based on Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings of the 1960s. Working more into detail from a select few from the Positionality the Mixtape series, the figures become more individualized.

Positionality the Official Mixtape


Polyvocal Mixtape: Mixtape crescendos with a four track audio piece. Three of the four tracks consist of interviews of a few individuals from the Black on Both Sides series, discussing a range of personal stories, backgrounds, and topics of personal interest. The final track Manifesto at Age 26 summarizes the framework for this series by collaging a collection audio quotes from art curators, artists, and academic scholars who are Black African-American. The audio recordings are underpinned by original music and sampled jazz sounds.

Phone Call with Amber Charmayne

by Ryan Davis The Artist feat Amber Charmayne & Jacolby hart | Positionality the Official Mixtape

Finding Love Within Myself

by Ryan Davis The Artist Feat. Jazzmin, Candace Cunard & Cierra Boyd | Positionality The Official Mixtape

Manifesto At Age 26

by Ryan Davis The Artist | Positionality The Official Mixtape