Nari Ward, We the People, 2011.
In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.
Used and hand dyed shoelaces. Dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York,
and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño
There will be an opening reception and artist talk by Nari Ward at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia on Friday, 4 November 2011, from 6 to 8 pm. Ward's residency project is a recycled fiber and text-based project entitled, We The People.
"Nari Ward’s debut of his installation made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, also named We the People, transcribes the opening phrase of the United States Constitution on the museum wall using hand-dyed shoelaces. These key words “We the People” become powerful clichés, as Ward believes that it is not possible to make these words his because of their strong association to the Constitution. Ward is, however, able to “reclaim” these words by integrating the shoelaces into the text, as a hybrid material, revolutionizing the viewer’s reaction through the magnitude of the arrangement and adaptation of the piece."
The artist previously used dyed shoelaces in his piece, Crying Form, Rising Symbol in 2010.