Cage Match Project, Round XIV: (un)box by taylor barnes

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Event Info
Date start 09.18.20
Date end 10.23.20
Start Time 12am
Admission Free
10.02.20 Fibers of Being: taylor barnes by Barbara Purcell (Sightlines)

Round 14: (Un)box by Austin-based artist taylor barnes transforms the cage into an escape shelter. Wood, fallen limbs, nails, and fiber form a cage within a cage. Inspired by her research on barracoons, a type of barracks used historically for the temporary captivity of enslaved people or criminals, barnes aims to re-conceptualize the notion of confinement. Her construction of three crate-like forms acknowledge the veiled histories of “people as cargo” recontextualizing the structures as safe havens of escape. This timely installment evokes notions of the unknown, limitations and the privilege of a certain future.

taylor barnes ( is an interdisciplinary fibers artist creating work that expresses personal experiences dealing with race, identity, and social critique. With a research-based approach on history and its permanent effects on the present, her work explores the internal and external complexities of being a Black woman in America today.

taylor barnes lives and works in Austin, Texas recently receiving her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. She has exhibited solo exhibitions at Erin Cluley Gallery ( , Dallas, TX; 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Big Medium ( , Austin, TX. Her numerous group exhibitions include Untitled Art Fair in Miami, FL and Dallas Art Fair, Dallas TX. barnes was honored with the Sylvia Houlgand Emerging Artist Award for Make Art with Purpose 2020. Along with her exhibition with Cage Match project installation, she will have a solo show at Big Medium in Austin TX entitled “Pressure” which will run from September 12 – October 10 2020.

Cage Match Project (CMP) is a temporary, site-specific art installation series in which selected artists are invited to engage a large, industrial caged-trailer. Measured at 20 ft x 8 ft x 7 ft , the weathered and rusted container resides in the exterior lot of The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. CMP is curated by Ariel René Jackson.