High’s and Lo-Fi’s is a multisensory exhibition which explores the topic of mental health in African American culture. It is partly an exploration of Armstrong’s own personal struggles and a discussion about why mental health is often a taboo topic in the culture he was raised in. Many minorities suffer from depression in one form or another but it is often dismissed, ignored, or misdiagnosed. The show will focus specifically on mental health issues in the African American community with the intent of fostering an open and inclusive dialogue.
By pairing music and art, Armstrong aims to fully convey the highs and lows of mental health issues. Not only exploring what mental health issues such as depression are but also how they manifest in ones day to day life.
The show consists of a series of figurative paintings and drawings (including excerpts from the “We Can’t Breathe” series) depicting different scenarios and feelings associated with depression as experienced by Armstrong and other people who have engaged him in conversations about their personal experiences with mental health issues. Accompanying these paintings will also be an EP of self-produced songs created in tandem with the visual elements.
“This feels like trips to Adventure Land. This feels like Uncle Markie and Ced at Grandma Bay’s. This feels like pop rocks from Goodies. This feels like fights with Ray Ray. This feels like baseball in "The Field." This feels like football at Central Park. This feels like 30 minute waits at Timeout. This feels like taking the 18 with mom to the library. This feels like fish and spaghetti. This feels like tag with cousins. This feels like fighting with Taylor over Dreamcast. This feels like Kingdom Hearts with Anthony. This feels like Saturday morning cartoons. This feels like drinking out the hose. This feels like kool-aid in a sandwich bag. This feels like the blue house. This feels like summer in Nebraska.”