Nari Ward, Mango Tourist, 2011. Foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, and mango seeds.

Credit: Photo by John Kennard. © Nari Ward

Trash Transformations: Nari Ward's 'Sun Splashed' On Display At ICA Boston

July 7, 2017

A lily-pad-filled pond. A swirling night sky. A party on a river boat. Often we think of masterpieces inspired by what’s already beautiful. But what about the stuff we often overlook? What about neon signs, storefronts and baking sheets? When arranged by Nari Ward, these forgettable items turn from trash to timeless works of art. Nari Ward’s work, currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, celebrates and elevates the objects that surround our everyday lives.

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  • Nari Ward, artist. Learn more about Nari's exhibit at the ICA Boston here.

BONUS: Take a tour of Nari's work with us! Check out a narrated slideshow of Nari Ward's "Sun Splashed," with commentary from Ruth Erickson, associate curator at the ICA Boston.

Callie Crossley goes through the "naturalization" process at Nari Ward's Naturalization Drawing Table:

  • Callie Crossley participates in Nari War's Naturalization Drawing Table at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. A museum worker hands her an administrative form to fill out.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje
  • Callie Crossley participates in Nari War's Naturalization Drawing Table at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Crossley fills out the necessary form.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje
  • Museum workers check Callie Crossley's form as she participates in Nari Ward's Naturalization Drawing Table exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The form is also notarized.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje
  • Callie Crossley's completed form for Nari Ward's Naturalization Drawing Table at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje
  • In return for the administrative form and the process, participants are awarded a set of immigration forms drawn on by Nari Ward.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje
  • The back of the forms given to Naturalization Drawing Table participants. Art by Nari Ward.
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    Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Asuaje

Here's how the ICA Teens and artist Nari Ward installed his work, "We The People."

 


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