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Kim Dacres is a visual artist using found tires and rubber to create sculptures celebrating influential forces in her life such as family, community, musicians, athletes, and ideas. Dacres’ process involves collecting and disassembling tires, layering them around wooden armatures using screws, and treating them with spray paint. In her work, Dacres emphasizes the facial expressions and hair styles of each piece in order to capture some of their charisma and celebrate their Blackness while also considering who is entitled to space and deserving of honorifics and monuments.
She is attracted to discarded rubber because of the color, smell, and the material’s symbolism imbued with a wealth of experience paired with wear, tear, and sudden disregard. Through the process of layering the materials, the rubber’s journeying experience transforms into muscle, bone, skin, hair, and personal style. Her work considers the texture of experiences unique to Black People and women and the fragments of their experiences that shape a world view.

Dacres was born in the Bronx to Jamaican immigrants. Over the last four years, Dacres has participated in several group shows internationally and within the United States. Her most recent solo exhibition, Black Moves First, an installation of eight sculptures honoring her maternal family lineage, opened at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach in December 2021. Her work has also appeared at: Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery, Quebec, Canada; Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, Italy; Lustwarande, Tilburg, Netherlands; Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, New York; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, California and Palm Beach, Florida; REGULARNORMAL, New York, New York; Parallax Art Center, Portland, Oregon; UTA Artist Space Gallery, Beverly Hills, California; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. Dacres lives in Harlem and practices her studio work in the Bronx.

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Juxtapoz Magazine Kim Dacres: Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry 2022
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Artsy Editorial 10 Emerging Black Artist Show That Blackness is Not a Monolith 10 February 2022
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The Art Newspaper Lacma acquires 60 works with a focus on Black representation 16 December 2021
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Cultured Mag Felix Art Fair Proves Creativity Flourishes in the City of Angels 29 July 2021
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Forbes Tne Next Realm is Not Filled with Skinny White Girls 26 July 2021
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Cultured Mag Los Angeles Art Today is Dexterous, Incisive and Unafraid 2 July 2021
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The Knocturnal UTA Artist Space Crushes Social Constructs of Feminity with Beyond the Looking Glass 29 June 2021
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Italy's RAI Cultura Kim Dacres e le scultura in gomme 4 January 2021
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Artsy Editorial 19 collectors on the art they bought in 2020 24 November 2020
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KCRW Art Insider Tire tread expresses the complexity of the human experience 22 September 2020
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Terremoto Kathryn Garcia & Kim Dacres at GAVLAK, Los Angeles 17 September 2020
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Arrangements in Black: Kim Dacres | New York | July 2022 (Phillips)
July 2022, 2022