The artist is known for his irreverent, clever twists on colonialism, oppression and identity through his sculptures, installations, photographs and paintings. Awarded an MBE, the Order of the British Empire, Shonibare has incorporated the title into his working name in an ironic nod to the themes his work explores.
FABRIC-ATION also includes new work - notably Wind Sculptures, two six-foot, rippling, batik-patterned flags made of fibreglass. The new series Revolution Kids features a taxidermied fox, cutting a dandyish and mercenary profile and clutching both a gold pistol, a replica of Colonel Gaddafi's, and a Blackberry. The dashing figure is a potent play on rebellion and protest among youth from the Arab Spring to the London Riots.
In Flying Machine Sculptures, the batik-fabric is employed as wings for Victorian-era alien spaceships, while Fake Death offers absurd, comical takes on the death of Admiral Nelson.
FABRIC-ATION will show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 1 September.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Images courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the artist.