Jim Kempner Fine Art

    Chakaia Booker

    Chakaia Booker (b. 1953) works almost exclusively with recycled tires--slicing, twisting, stripping, weaving, and riveting rubber and radials to create and exaggerate the textures, prickled edges, and torqued forms of her radical refashioning. Whether she is creating small-scale wall reliefs resembling ballistic blowouts, suggestively hairy and ovoid pedestal sculptures, or colossal landscape-like tableaux, Booker transforms tires-iconic symbols of urban waste and blight-into extraordinary compositions of renewal. Booker received her MFA from the City College of New York and a BA from Rutgers University. She has created outdoor installations for Storm King Art Center, the City of Indinapolis, the New York Public Art Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and NASA. Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others.

  • Sculpture