Artist’s Choice: Dawn Kasper

April 21, 2012

The artist sits on a ladder surrounded by families

Dawn Kasper discusses her work with families in the galleries, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

Biennial 2012 artist, Dawn Kasper lost her job in 2008 and could no longer afford her studio, so she began the Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment (2008-)As of February 8, 2012, a space in the third floor galleries of the Whitney became her studio during exhibition hours. Families joined Kasper to explore the space, picking things up and asking questions about what they found. Kasper discussed the process of collecting and creating order in her studio by sorting items according to color, shape, or size. As an example, she asked families to each find something yellow and bring it to the center of the room. Using materials from Kasper’s studio and inspired by some of Kasper’s two-dimensional work, families created collages which used some of the ordering techniques they had talked about.

The Workshop

  • The artist works with kids

    Dawn Kasper shows families some of the objects in her studio, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • Children look at art

    Two kids explore the objects in Kasper’s studio, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • The artist sits on a ladder

    Families select objects from Kasper’s studio and collect them in the center of her studio in the third-floor galleries, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • Families listen to the artist talk about the project

    Kasper explains the collage project to families in the Whitney Studio, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • Families create art

    Families make their collages with Kasper in the galleries, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • A family works together on a project

    A family chooses materials to create a multi-media collage in the galleries, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • A child shows off their artwork

    A kid poses with his collage, April 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll

  • The workshop poses with their art

    Families show off their collages, April 2012. Photograph by Desi Gonzalez