Nari Ward collected discarded objects of his neighborhood creating provoking juxtapositions leaving their meaning open to the viewers.
Nari Ward is known for his sculptural installations composed of discarded material found and collected in his neighborhood. He has repurposed objects such as baby strollers, shopping carts, bottles, doors, television sets, cash registers and shoelaces, among other materials. Ward re-contextualizes these found objects in thought-provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. He intentionally leaves the meaning of his work open, allowing the viewer to provide his or her own interpretation. Through an ambiguity of language and the use of hybrid materials, the viewer is often displaced but certainly not indifferent: the artist's work pushes to question himself, demands an attention that goes beyond a first reading of the surface, 'affects' the thought of the beholder. The sometimes aggressive and unpleasant character of some works alternates with the more colorful and aesthetically pleasing of works created with shoelaces.