The Forever Museum: The Untitled _5
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
Excerpt of Press Release
10ft x 5ft transparent vinyl butcher curtain embedded with deep blue miniature steel globes from c. 1960. Viewers walking through this sculptural symbol can meditate on how trade has shaped modern notions of commercialization and nationalism. The vinyl in this piece is an homage to traditional markets and the globes signify the “New World Order” initially proposed by Winston Churchill after WWII.
FMA_Untitled_U.S Navy Jack 1776-Present
6ft x 4ft watercolor of the first U.S Navy Jack flag, an image of freedom marking resistance to British colonization in America—taxation without representation, state dissent and desire for democracy. Issues deemed problematic from the start; currently unresolved and further complicated by more recent history.
References a shipping create and is fabricated from wood, bubble wrap and cast resin. It explores the use of water as a conduit to enhance security and international trade. In his practice, labyrinths are used as both anti-navigation symbol and target emblem.
Questions whether or not Franklin’s famous essay on the similarities between this nation and rattlesnakes has continued to be veritable. Displaying a 25ft coiled resin python, perched to keep an eye on visitors, Chuke presents a new allegory for America’s strategy for self-preservation.
A work created by cutting directly into the wall of the gallery. A reference to the end of the Vietnam era and a gateway into an imperial expansion, it carries the imagery of a cathedral window or a gateway into a void. It is a solid space, void space, and non-space.