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Video: Artist Makes Laser-Carved Portraits Of Chicago Rappers Out Of Wood

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Oct 3, 2016 6:32PM

An exhibition on view now in Pilsen by artist Maxwell Emcays honors the influence of contemporary Chicago hip-hop through a perhaps unexpected medium: laser-carved wood. Featuring portraits and abstract designs, the show cuts across sub-genres and pays direct homage to the likes of Lupe Fiasco, King Louie, Vic Mensa and Dreezy. It's a pretty impressive, not only as a salute but as a work of art in its own right.

Check out a sample of Emcays' work above and take a tour through his practice in the video below, which documents some of the exhibition and the making of.

The show, titled "String Theory: The Experience -pt.1," is on display now through Saturday, Oct. 8. at NYCH Gallery (643 W 18th St.). Hours are by appointment via or 773-413-9565.

String Theory Emcays from emcays on Vimeo.