Chakaia Booker: Surface Pressure
July 16 – October 29, 2023
Chakaia Booker: Surface Pressure celebrates the diverse work of multimedia artist Chakaia Booker. Booker is renowned for her expert manipulation of unconventional materials, transforming perceived visual tensions into compellingly unified compositions. Her complex body of work challenges viewers to consider the nature of their relationships with one another and the world at large.
The title “Surface Pressure” alludes to Booker’s process of making — the literal force she exerts through the manipulation of raw materials including rubber, wood, steel, and paper. A hallmark of Booker’s artistic practice are her inventive sculptures composed of recycled tires. This exhibition will present these signature works alongside the artist’s innovative creations in printmaking and painting. Booker imbues each piece, regardless of the medium she employs, with a sense of energy, drama, and tactility. Her abstract, multidimensional configurations illustrate her careful attention to texture, pattern, form, and scale. The complex surfaces of the works, accomplished by layering, weaving, and fusing, represent a deeply personal and physical process, and one that serves as a gateway for generating new meaning and exchange.
Surface Pressure will feature over a dozen works, including prints, paintings, and monumental sculptures, from across the artist’s extensive career. Booker has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and participation in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious biennial. Her works are housed in more than 40 public collections and have been exhibited across the United States, in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
This exhibition is organized by Sarasota Art Museum and curated by Keidra Daniels Navaroli, independent curator.