Will Roberson takes the seat just across from me on an almost rainy day at Tacombi in Nolita. (Tacos are always in the budget.) We're settling into a conversation about his new work (painting) and waiting on his collaborator in another work (music), "City" (formerly "Jemini the Gifted One"). City is an artist with a formidable resume in tow as a Brooklyn heavyweight, but, as you'll see, with no bland nostalgia for hip hop and a sharp geopolitical take on life. Already, I'm enjoying this conversation, for all of the reasons I write this series of articles on the intersection of art and policy. Will and City are a look backward and forward to inform our times.
[Will Roberson and City, Lower East Side, NYC. photo credit ericjhenderson]