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Nari Ward

Pouvoir, 2019. Shoe laces. 355 x 208 cm. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

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Down Doors (Maroon) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 210 x 98 x 21 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Maroon) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 210 x 98 x 21 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Sea Green) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 240 x 100 x 25 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Qing) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 206 x 150 x 41 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Nari Ward

Down Doors (Qing) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 206 x 150 x 41 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Qing) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 206 x 150 x 41 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Cream) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 200 x 90 x 25 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Stage) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 198 x 80 x 15 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Stage) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 198 x 80 x 15 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Win+G 2011, used shoes, feathers, pockets, 110 x 80 x 90 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Blushing Nude 2018, dog bone, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Wine with Everything 2018, dog bone, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Cherry in the Snow 2018, bone dog, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Blushing Nude 2018, dog bone, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Roshambo 2011 scissors, shoe laces, 80 x 45 x 4 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Ballast of Miracles (detail), 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Ballast of Miracles 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Ballast of Miracles 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Ballast of Miracles (detail) 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Limpidus Goats 2018, plexiglass, vegetable tanning powders: mimosa, quebracho, chesnut, cm 111 x 57 x 70. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Transfiguration 2018, shoelaces, cm 268 x 210 about. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Transfiguration (detail) 2018, shoelaces, cm 268 x 210 about. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Cherry in the snow 2018, rawhide dog chew, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, cm 30 x 30 x 150 each. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Gifted Witness 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Gifted Witness (detail) 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Insistence on Opacity 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Insistence on Opacity (detail) 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Insistence on Opacity (detail) 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Back to Nature Treatment 2018, pipes, leather, KEU 2001, tannery hooks, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Back to Nature Treatment (detail) 2018, pipes, leather, KEU 2001, tannery hooks, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Holding Patterns 2018, video. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Immigrist WallMale Figure 01 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 170 x 65 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Immigrist Male Figure Wall Tryptich 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 80 x 120 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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CrossWalk, 2016, shoe laces, site specific dimensions

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CrossWalk, 2016, shoe laces, site specific dimensions

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CrossWalk, 2016, shoe laces, site specific dimensions

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Sun Splashed, Listri libreria, 2015, C-print, 167 x 125 cm, Photo Lee Jaffe

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Sun Splashed, Antonelli, 2015, C-print, 167 x 125 cm, Photo Lee Jaffe

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Sun Splashed, Artin, 2015, C-print, 167 x 125 cm, Photo Lee Jaffe

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Canned Smiles, 2013, 2 cans, mirrors, smiles, h 4,7 x Ø 9 cm

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Jacuzzi Bed, 2013, bedhead, fans, electric heater, 112 x 195 x 190 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jacuzzi Bed, 2013, bedhead, fans, electric heater, 112 x 195 x 190 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Jacuzzi Bed, 2013, bedhead, fans, electric heater, 112 x 195 x 190 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Stallers - series, 2013, 19 strollers. Reinforcement steel bars, hammocks, concrete, 235 x 140 x 80 cm each, Photo Lucio Ghilardi

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Stallers - series, 2013, 19 strollers. Reinforcement steel bars, hammocks, concrete, 235 x 140 x 80 cm each, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Stallers - series, 2013, 19 strollers. Reinforcement steel bars, hammocks, concrete, 235 x 140 x 80 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Stroller Sprouts, 2013, walking sticks, bamboo, clay, glue, bottles, seeds, copper wire, range height: 109 -128,5 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Stroller Sprouts, 2013, walking sticks, bamboo, clay, glue, bottles, seeds, copper wire, range height: 109 -128,5 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Stroller Sprouts, 2013, walking sticks, bamboo, clay, glue, bottles, seeds, copper wire, range height: 109 -128,5 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Untold, 2013, bottles, metal structure, paper sheets, metal wire, 500 x 360 x 150 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Untold, 2013, bottles, metal structure, paper sheets, metal wire, 500 x 360 x 150 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Mission Accomplished I & II, 2013, 90-80 kg metal cubes, confetti, 36 x 32 x 32 cm and 32 x 32 x 32 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Mission Accomplished I & II, 2013, 90-80 kg metal cubes, confetti, 36 x 32 x 32 cm and 32 x 32 x 32 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Mission Accomplished I & II, 2013, 90-80 kg metal cubes, confetti, 36 x 32 x 32 cm and 32 x 32 x 32 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), 2012_04b-Nari-Ward-Goodbadugly-Continua.jpg, GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), Photo Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

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GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), Photo Ela Bialkowska

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TranStranger Cafe, 2012, tables, cups, coffee, 280 x 190 x 350 cm

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TranStranger Cafe, 2012, tables, cups, coffee, 280 x 190 x 350 cm

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CarouSoul, 2011
ropes, tyres, shoe tips and tongue, laces
624,8 x 365,8 x 365,8 cm

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CarouSoul, 2011
ropes, tyres, shoe tips and tongue, laces
624,8 x 365,8 x 365,8 cm

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CarouSoul, 2011
ropes, tyres, shoe tips and tongue, laces
624,8 x 365,8 x 365,8 cm, Photo Alicia Luxem

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Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

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Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

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Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

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Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

Nari Ward collected discarded objects of his neighborhood creating provoking juxtapositions leaving their meaning open to the viewers.

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.

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