Chakaia Booker (American, born Newark, New Jersey, 1953)
Rubber tire, steel, and wood
42 x 32 x 40 in. (106.7 x 81.3 x 101.6 cm)
Hortense and William A. Mohr Sculpture Purchase Fund, 2001
Not on view
Since 1994 Chakaia Booker has made abstract sculptures from discarded rubber tires salvaged from city streets, auto body shops, and dump sites. Cutting, shredding, bending, and transforming them into wild organic shapes, she creates objects that evoke the human body and spirit, without being literal representations. Her work addresses social and cultural issues in a metaphoric way, using suggestive titles to hint at deeper meanings. Raw Attraction, for example, comments on gender, sexuality, and the complications that can arise in male-female relationships. Perched on a pedestal like a bird of prey, this sculpture suggests that both pleasure and peril may await the suitor.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Provocative Visions: Race and Identity–Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 19, 2008–March 22, 2009, no catalogue.