Pantone.com Art blogger Joseph Arzuaga interviews Oliver “Power” Grant, founder and executive producer of the Wu Tang Clan. They discuss the Wu Tang WUHA 20/20 exhibit celebrating the twenty year anniversary of the groups debut album Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) Stay Tuned for the other parts of the interview.
The year was 1993 and the world was about to be changed by 9 kids from Staten Island. The 9 individuals formed to create The Wu-Tang Clan and on November 9th, 1993 they dropped the classic album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).This album was the beginning of what grew to be a dynasty that included music, movies, television, comic books, videogames, a clothing line, and many other projects. The latest project is in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the first album. The project, a visual video display/art gallery, has gathered some of the hottest artist of today and allowed them to create pieces paying homage to the might Wu-Tang Clan. These pieces display the influence the Wu has had on American culture and on the artists themselves. I was able to sit with Oliver “Power” Grant, founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and curator of the WUHA (Wu-Tang Hybrid Arts) 20/20 Exhibit. This exhibit is on display at the Wallplaygallery , an interactive art/video gallery located at 118 Orchard Street New York, New York. The exhibit will also be traveling to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California later this year.
I basically grew up on the Wu-Tang Clan, their music, and their influence, so it was my pleasure and honor to sit with one of the founding fathers. Oliver, better known as “Power”, allowed me to pick his brain about the influence of color and how it has related to the Wu Tang Clan and their everlasting dynasty. He also explained the thought process behind celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Wu with an art exhibit and what went into the selection of the artists and the pieces that are included in the gallery. By adding art to the already extensive list of Wu-Tang affiliated projects, “Power” is guaranteeing that the Wu Tang will indeed be here forever. Peace. – Joseph Arzuaga