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<b>David HAMMONS</b><br />
Biennale of urbanism & architecture / Shenzhen
Since the seventees, David Hammons (b. 1943 in Illinois) has been a discreet presence in the art world; through his oblique use of materials, he transforms everyday
objects into allegories of the experience of the outsider in the contemporary world, whether an artist, a stranger, a madman, or, most persistently, a person of color. In <i>Phat Free</i>, we see Hammons
walking along a Harlem street at night, kicking a metal bucket ahead of him. The use of found objects, often culled from the streets of New York, recurs throughout his work;
we could mention, for instance, the snowballs he sold for his work <i>Bliz-aard Ball Sale</i> (1983). The loud metallic sound of Hammons kicking the bucket sarcastically emphasizes
the lack of an actual ball, a compelling metaphor for the contemporary black urban experience.