*Between The Waters*
This exhibition brings together a group of emerging artists: Carolina Caycedo, Demian DinéYazhi´ with Ginger Dunnill, Torkwase Dyson, Cy Gavin, Lena Henke, and Erin Jane Nelson. Responding to the precarious state of the environment, their work explores the relationship between the land, systems of use or governance of the land, and the forms or ways of life that exist on the land.
Experimenting with form and narrative in painting, video, and sculpture, these artists address how ideology and personal belief—as much as technology, industry, and architecture—impacts all living things. Though each contends with facts or histories that are real and observable, none takes a documentary approach. Rather, these artists adopt a highly subjective position, embracing emotion, intuition, spirituality, and myth to help understand our intrinsic place within the “natural” world. They share the sense that scientific, or “rational,” thought can reinforce a limited view of our planet and its inhabitants—one that assumes they can and should be controlled.
The works present a wide range of subjects, from communities affected by hydroelectric-dam construction in South America to those displaced during the controversial transformation of New York in the mid-twentieth century by city official Robert Moses. They draw from distinct visual traditions, including Southern handcraft, sixteenth-century architecture, history painting, and hard-edge abstraction. Through their varied interests and formal approaches, all of these artists assert the relevance of individual experience and perspective to address concerns that are global in scale and effect. In the words of artist Torkwase Dyson, this exhibition is not just about “the way we connect...but understanding also the waters that are between us.”
WHITNEY MUSEUM, NEW YORK
from March 018
organized Elisabeth Sherman
curatorial assistant Margaret Kross
Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, 2013
Video, color, sound; 3:59 min. loop.
Courtesy the artist