‘something resembling truth’ surveys the work of Jasper Johns over six decades of artwork. His work is a signature to American art history and is considered one of America’s greatest artists. A collaboration with the Royal Academy in London, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will be at The Broad through May 13.
Dance the Orange is the first solo Museum exhibition for Stanley Whitney in New York. His colorful abstractions gained attention in the mid-1990s and continue to amaze audiences with blocks of color amidst horizontal strips on a sharply square canvas. His work is influenced by inspirations he receives from the everyday, such as jazz, poetry and literature. The influence of jazz, poetry and literature can be seen within the title of the works in the main gallery space, such as My Name is Peaches from a line in a song by Nina Simone. His newest works, in the alcove space, show his continued mastery of color with a new fluidity in the placement of the blocks of color, with some not even touching each other in line. Through October 25th, Dance the Orange is a must see show during the Summer months at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.
- Tell a little bit a bout yourself.
- I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and grew up in Los Angeles, CA.
- I moved to New York for graduate school. I now live in Brooklyn and I plan to stay in New York for a while.
- Firstly, what is (are) your medium(s) of creative expression? How long have you been studying and working at your medium?
- I’m a painter. I currently make abstract paintings.
- I’ve painted, drawn, made sculptures for 15 plus years. Trained in traditional oil medium.
- In 2012, upon realizing my painting concerns were less focused on rendering and depicting reality, I began to use water based mediums such as acrylics and more. In 2014, I completely dove in the deep end making abstract paintings. That’s when I completely abandoned oil and fully turned to acrylics.
- What is your inspiration to begin working on a piece? Where do you go to gather inspiration? Where do you and your friends go to view art and collaborate?
- I have always enjoyed painting and initially it’s all the inspiration I needed. Along the way, I realized painting became a thinking space; a place where thoughts take form and vise versa. So I take my inspiration from everyday life such as conversations, relationships, the occupation of forms or marks in public and private space, the human condition, existential issues, philosophy, political issues, Western societies, current state of existence as an individual (commodity, capitalism)…the list goes on.
- I go to many places throughout New York. I often go to museums, galleries (small and big), friends openings, and more…the MOMA, The New Museum, Studio Museum Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum, PS1 MOMA, Chelsea galleries, galleries throughout Brooklyn…56 Bogart in Bushwick, various Bushwick galleries and Open Studios, Art fairs, NYC wide MFA Open Studios, and more…
5. Where can people check out your work next? I have an upcoming MFA Thesis Exhibition titled Off Pink (working title) at the Kitchen in Chelsea.
- How do you define community? How has your work been inspired by said community? How important is the community to your work? How have you collaborated with community?
- I see community as a necessary structure of existence. Often groups of people coexisting in similar situations in life become a community. Some are more dependent on each other and more closely neat than others.
- Living in a modern-contemporary world, the definition of a community can be a bit blurry. One can belong to multiple communities. Nonetheless, I consider all who journey in my path and contribute to my growth and vise versa as a part of my community.
- Communities that I have been a part of in the past or will forever belong to, although they may not always be with me, have forever impacted the way I think and therefore it’s only fair to say that communities are important to my work.
- Not to mention being a part of Parsons’ MFA community has tremendously challenged and inspired me for the last two years. I have grown leaps and bounds because of the relationships that were cultivated through honest critiques and collaborations.