Most of Gruzis’s artwork on display at the Haggerty influenced the piece I will be presenting. Many of his works take specific tropes from material he is referencing and then abstracts and simplifies those cues. I am influenced by his use of Absolut Vodka advertisements, repetitive lines, abstracted geometric forms and his use of popular culture tropes. I am attempting to use particular tropes as well by utilizing the aspect ratio of a Youtube video box, simple geometric forms often associated with particular conspiracy theories, religions organizations and government, artificial colored LED lighting, faux gold finish, and large heavy duty chain. My piece A Portrait of a Roc-A-Fella is an extension of a body of work titled Conspiracy is the New Black, where I simplify symbols and tropes often associated with conspiracy theories communicating how, through the internet and popular culture, that conspiracy theories are shifting from fringe topics to becoming a popular trend. A Portrait of Roc-A-Fella is focused primarily on how the internet, Youtube, popular visual media and hip hop influence our societies perspective of conspiracy theories like the Illuminati.