During the summer of 2016, Chicago-based artist Cheryl Pope spent weeks listening to young people playing on New York’s city basketball courts, parlaying loaded snippets from these conversations into the satiny block text and rarefied space of the banner. From statements loaded with confidence and idealism to vulnerable admissions that seem to defy the logic of the space in which their placed–Pope’s project empowers the voices of young people as they define themselves and their worlds through their experiences on the court.
Varsity Jacket, 2017 wool and leather Voice of NYC youth
Championship Banners, 2017 Nylon and Tackle Twill Voice of NYC Youth
YOU GOTTA DO YOUR PART TOO, 2017 Voice of NYC YOUTH
TRUTH BE TOLD, 2017 23kt Gold covered basketball