“The inspiration for my drawings began in early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography.” After her formal training at Skidmore college, Zaria Forman now exhibits extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.
Flatlands features paintings by five emerging artists—Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin—that conjure a sense of space that is dimensionless and airless, like the illusionistic scenery flats used on stage and movie sets. These artists create tension in their works that stems from competing sentiments of anxiety and desire, suggesting simultaneously the allure and discontent of our current moment.
August 4: The artists from Mirror Cells host an evening of presentations and conversations about their work with an interdisciplinary group of scholars, performers and curators. Tickets at whitney.org.
Installation view of Mirror Cells (May 13—August 21, 2016). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.
Jared Madere primarily creates installation-based works featuring disparate materials such as salt, flowers, foodstuffs, and plastic tarps that are assembled and aggregated in a manner that insists on their material connections to society, economics, industry, and human emotion. For Madere, the meanings and associations of objects are never stripped away—floral arrangements can point to longing or sadness and a burnt coat is imbued with isolation and dejection.
Installation view of Jared Madere(Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 16, 2015–January 3, 2016). Collection of the artist; courtesy David Lewis Gallery, New York. Photograph by Bill Jacobson
Curator Christopher Y. Lew writes on Rachel Rose, whose first U.S. exhibition opens tomorrow at the Whitney.
Rachel Rose (b. 1986), still from Everything and More, 2015. High-definition video, color, sound; 11:33 min.; with mylar, PVC, and carpet. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee