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Title

Corbel 1

2022

Artist

Derek Fordjour

United States of America

1974 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2022
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    resin, wood, fiberglass, coal, vintage medals, and fabric
    Edition
    unique in a series of 3
    Dimensions
    80.0 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Robert and Raquel Ho 2022
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    125.2022
    Copyright
    © Derek Fordjour
    Artist information
    Derek Fordjour

    Works in the collection

    2

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    The figure leans forward as if bowing to receive the gold chains and medals around his neck. His skin consists of finely ground coal, a material redolent of labour and combustibility. But the fixity of his posture, with arms held back, also suggests a trophy on a wall or a figurehead on a ship. Derek Fordjour has created an ambivalent portrait of a contemporary Black man garlanded with emblems of success, some of which relate to athletic prowess and some of which suggest a performer’s ‘bling’. These necklaces and medals are signs of extraordinary achievement in the face of injustice and inequality. But Fordjour also intimates that they represent a weight of stereotype and expectation: a burden that this figure must bear indefinitely. The work’s title, Corbel, is a word for an architectural projection that supports weight.

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