The Sculpture Center
Onyedika Chuke composes a historical narrative by condensing and reversing decades of time. Mapping geographical locations of import and trade, he brings together a sculpture of a conveyor belt imprinted with a military tank; a figure resembling a canonical image of Christ and the Statue of Liberty, referencing disabuses of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and sculptural objects deploying oceanic imagery. Chuke casts and outfits these objects as a form of reparative tracing, designating emblems that carry devastating effects of empire production.
"The Untitled: U.S Navy Jack 1776-Present"
Watercolor on taffeta fabric
2016, 6.5ft x 3.5ft
"The Untitled: Christ/Liberty"
Cast foam, ceramic, reinforcement bar and raw sea salt coating, 6'3X 2.5 ft
"The Untitled: 1787 (Base)"
Carved white oak dated to the year 1787, 2ft x 2.5ft
"The Untitled: Cross (white)"
Cast foam, 2ft x 6in
"The Untitled: Hercules and Sandal"
Spider conch shell, cast foam and rubber
"The Untitled: Globe"
Cast foam and watercolor
"The Untitled: Globes (Blue, Red, Yellow)"
Cast foam and whiteout correction fluid
"The Untitled: Sandals"
Epoxy clay, sandal (interior), sea shell
"The Untitled: Conveyor/Tank tread"
Photo: Kyle Knodell
Operational conveyor belt, vinyl image of WWI tank tread
15ft x 3.5ft x 2ft,
16in x 24in