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Work by Gaylen Gerber, with work by David Hammons, Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu, is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Gaylen Gerber’s contribution to the Biennial is a 40-foot-long stretched canvas, painted a uniform gray, that appears almost indistinguishable from the wall on which it hangs. Upon its surface, Gerber has displayed the paintings of another artist—Trevor Shimizu. In several weeks time, Shimizu’s paintings will come down and the works of two other artists—David Hammons and Sherrie Levine—will be installed.
For over two decades, Gerber has been making similar paintings that he calls Backdrops. The gesture implicit in the Backdrops initiates a complex relationship between the work displayed, Gerber’s wall-size painting, and the architecture of the gallery. For Gerber, the monochromatic paintings function as the “ground” for other artists’ work—or as Gerber often puts it, their “expression.” This figure-ground relationship brings attention to the assumed neutrality of an artwork’s context, insisting instead that artworks—and indeed, all expressions—are inseparable from the cultural, aesthetic, and temporal contexts in which they appear.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace