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July/August 2018
Vol. 37 No. 6

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Loaded Histories/Real Experiences: A Conversation with Kevin Beasley
by Amanda Villa Adams
Chair of the Ministers of Defense, 2016. Resin, wood,
acoustic foam, jeans, trousers, du-rags, altered
t-shirts, altered hoodies, guinea fowl feathers,
wrought iron window gate, vintage Beni Ourain
Moroccan rug, kaftans, housedresses, Maasai and
Zulu war shields, and vintage peacock rattan chair,
154 x 162 x 84 in. 2 views from “Hammer Projects.” A multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, installation, sound, and performance, Kevin Beasley caught the attention of the art world with I Want My Spot Back (shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 2012), a work that remixed 1990s rap a cappellas. Steeped in hip-hop culture and art history, his work engages with issues of identity and the body. His practice is deeply rooted in particular places and experiences--family land in Valentines, Virginia; the American South; and adolescent travels between Lynchburg, Virginia, and New York City. Using found materials--Air Jordans, an antique cotton gin motor, clothing items, and spliced tape, which he often combines with resin, polyurethane foam, and other binders--Beasley critically unpacks historical and political narratives. His work is currently on view at the ICA Boston through August 26, 2018....see the entire article in the print version of July/August's Sculpture magazine.

Chair of the Ministers of Defense, 2016. Resin, wood, acoustic foam, jeans, trousers, du-rags, altered t-shirts, altered hoodies, guinea fowl feathers, wrought iron window gate, vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug, kaftans, housedresses, Maasai and Zulu war shields, and vintage peacock rattan chair, 154 x 162 x 84 in. 2 views from "Hammer Projects."

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