Chakaia Booker | SpeakEasy
July 11 - November 4, 2016
Chakaia Booker’s abstract sculptures made from automobile tires address cultural, gender, and environmental issues through their physicality and suggestive forms. Booker’s work is often monumental in scale, and she achieves a range of effects with the pliable material. The forms and textures she creates fluctuate from industrial and supernatural to expansive and figurative.
Discarded rubber tires come with immediate associations of excess and colossal waste, but as sculptural material their characteristics take on new meaning. The skin-like membranes with worn treads and patterned, burnt surfaces are exploited by the artist. Booker’s intention is to create an open dialogue with the viewer, allowing the final form of her work to evade a singular reading. SpeakEasy refers to elusive territory, obscured potential and the surprising consequences of the artist’s manipulation of materials.
Tuesday, October 18, 5-8 pm
Wednesday, October 19, 4-5:30 pm
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Natalie Marcus Arts Endowment, and the Brandeis Fine Arts Department.