An irregularly cut, flat piece of black rubber with patterns and images in relief on its surface. Small tires line the left boundry of the rubber, a child's face and dress appear in the upper left and smaller faces, tires, and milk cartons are dispersed through out. Printed on the milk cartons are the child's face and the text, SAY NO TO DRUGS.
Making Their Mark label text:
Using her signature material of rubber, Booker has created a sculptural relief to comment on such themes as black identity and urban ecology. According to Booker the adaptability and hardness of the rubber represents, "the survival of the Africans in the diaspora." For Booker the black color of the tires represents African skin, and the patterned treads represent tribal designs. - Pauline Miller, ICP Intern, Summer 2014
Label text (excert) from graduate curated exhibition: "We Gotta Get Out of This Place - Transportive Art" March 24 - May 1 and September 30 - December 11, 2022; Tirzah Frank (MA 2022) and Cecily Hughes (MA 2022)
Chakaia Booker often works creatively with recycled tires. The texture and smell of rubber immediately conjure movement—wheels for cars, buses, and taxis—then lure the viewer in with a tread that dissolves into intricate details upon closer scrutiny. The humble and familiar material upends expectations of traditional sculpture, making the work’s delicate pictorial qualities all the more gripping. As an “everyday” material, rubber reveals that complex worlds can lie within a common substance, and whole worlds can be cobbled together from a mundane medium, when necessary.
African American; diaspora; urban; race; social commentary
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