At the Armory we were introduced to the work of Nari Ward. The works from his “Breathing Circles” series were once found objects that became otherworldly, celestial forms. Ward uses castoff objects as the raw material for his art, turning what was once thrown and away and forgotten about into fine art. The transformation of these objects extends their life, realizing the potential that drew him to them in the first place.
Ward, born in Jamaica in 1963, has been living and working in New York City for a number of years. His artwork is a commentary on class, race, and culture, characterized by the found objects from his urban neighborhood.