The Forever Museum: The Untitled _5
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
FMA_Untitled_New Curtains, is a 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 is a 6ft x 4ft hand-painted watercolor on taffeta of the First Navy Jack flag, the image of American freedom stemmed from 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.
FMA_Untitled_Labyrinth, displays how Chuke explores how water has been used as a conduit to enhance security and trade. In his work, labyrinths are both anti-navigation symbols and targets. The gentle movement of the water around the found items, inside the stark angles of the resin and packing material, _Labyrinth makes note of the attempt to control nature for the protection of man.
FMA_Untitled_Python 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.
FMA_Untitled_Arch is 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.