Chakaia Booker: Intentional Risks
April 22, 2023 - December 3, 2023
Inaugurating the Robyn and John Horn Gallery of the Windgate Art School, Intentional Risks presents twenty prints and one large-scale sculpture, The Fatality of Hope (2007), by contemporary American artist Chakaia Booker, who is best known for her monumental, abstract sculptures made from recycled tires and stainless steel. Equally dynamic, yet perhaps lesser known, are her prints, made in collaboration with master printers in the workshop of Robert Blackburn.
An influential teacher and pioneering artist, Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) initiated The Printmaking Workshop in Chelsea in 1947 by acquiring his own lithography press. In addition, Blackburn traveled around the world giving demonstrations, including a visit to the AMFA Art School in February 1985. Several historic prints by Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, and Robert Blackburn made at The Printmaking Workshop provide additional context for Booker’s prints in the exhibition.
Photos by Jason Masters
Since 2009, Booker has created more than 100 unique prints at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in collaboration with master printmakers Phil Sanders and Justin Sanz. Inspired by the materiality of her sculptures, Booker creates her prints by energetically cutting and layering paper into abstract shapes.
She uses thin, delicate papers that become transparent during the printing process, which allows each layer to bleed into the next. She then tears and cuts these papers, combining and rearranging them to make the final composition. Booker’s artistic practice is a fusion of texture, movement, and spontaneity, much like she approaches each day in the studio.
Prior to beginning her practice, she puts on elaborate coats, dresses, and headdresses. “I sculpt myself every day,” she remarked.
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Chakaia Booker: Intentional Risks is supported by the John and Robyn Horn Foundation.