Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2018
A Cypher in Queens, 2018
Steel, Winterstone, Wood, Resin, Cement, Paper
9 x 10 x 4 feet
Sherwin Banfield’s A Cypher in Queens is a three-part audio sculpture combining the busts of Queens hip-hop legends Jam Master Jay, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy with their music. The sculptural forms are inspired by stacked speaker boxes seen on the streets during Carnival celebrations and slit gongs, tall painted wood musical instruments made by the Tin Mweleun peoples of Ambrym Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Sherwin Banfield (b. Trinidad and Tobago in 1976; lives and works in Astoria, NY) received his BFA from Parson, The New School for Design in 1999. He works primarily in illustration, sculpture, and painting. A dedicated portraitist, Banfield believes people’s stories can be told through the gesture, texture, and composition.
His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions with the Art Students League, for example, the Model to Monument: Creating Public Art for Public Spaces at Van Cortlandt Park, NY (2013) and Riverside Park South, NY (2013). Banfield will be an artist in residence at LaGuardia Airport with the Queens Council on the Arts ArtPort Residency from October to December 2018.
Photography by Scott Lynch
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