For his first solo US exhibition, British artist Joseph Buckley has produced an ambitious new body of sculpture that draws on historical and personal memory to negotiate the complexities of black identity.
A British artist of Caribbean and Irish descent, Buckley, currently based in New York, appropriates visual tropes from art history, popular culture, and science fiction to explore the lived experience of race and class across cultures.
Traitor Muscle weaves together references to African mask-making, British Modernist sculpture, and American science fiction to explore the lived experience of race and class across cultures.
New works produced for this exhibition include Best Clone Sons, nine feet tall sculptures fitted with riot gloves that function as a symbol of performative grievance; Orcish Shelving System, consisting of 64 life-sized orcs stacked on top of each other; and Glass Aristocrat, a transparent, suit wearing figure sitting atop a custom-made replica of a Roman throne.
The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £8,000 towards this exhibition.