Kahlil Robert Irving: Ground Water from screen Falls [(Collaged media) + Midwest] Street
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For the lobby carpet installation, Kahlil Robert Irving integrates imagery of asphalt with pop culture references, news headlines, and digital ephemera. In the carpet’s design, a crumpled beer can lies abandoned next to a pair of shackles and a newspaper announcing Trump’s impeachment. A littered plastic bag can be found adjacent to a pair of Nike sneakers on fire and a sign that reads “#Capitalism.” By scattering an assemblage of debris and other found images against the asphalt, Irving documents the realities of urban life for global majority populations and establishes the street as an emancipatory space. The artist asks viewers to reconsider their daily engagement with social media, civic community life, and the urban landscape. Positioned in conversation with Zaha Hadid’s Urban Carpet—an architectural intervention wherein the sidewalk enters the CAC lobby and continues to form its northern wall—Irving’s installation offers a powerful meditation on Blackness and the urban street as a site of becoming and resistance.