Between the Waters
March 2018–


Kaleidoscopic earth-tones

Carolina Caycedo, still from Esto No Es Agua / This Is Not Water, 2015. High-definition video, color, sound by Daniel Pineda; 5 min. 20 sec. Courtesy the artist

This group exhibition features works by six emerging artists that address the inseparability of the natural and social worlds through a distinctly subjective or autobiographical lens. The artists included are: Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, London; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA), Demian DinéYazhi ́(b. 1983, Gallup, NM; lives and works in Portland, OR), Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago, IL; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY), Cy Gavin (b. 1985, Pittsburgh, PA; lives and works in New York, NY), Lena Henke (b. 1982, Warburg, Germany; lives and works New York, NY), and Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives and works in Atlanta, GA). Working in painting, sculpture, and video, these artists take environmental realities and histories of the land as a point of departure—from hydroelectric dam construction in Colombia and transatlantic underwater internet cables to Bermuda’s ecological and sociopolitical evolution—to create intuitive, sometimes fictional or fantastical narratives. In doing so, these works merge the mythical and the personal, collectively asserting the value of individual human experience while suggesting the limits of human reason. 

The exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, and Margaret Kross, curatorial assistant.

Major support for Between the Waters is provided by John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation.

Generous support is provided by Jackson Tang as part of the Whitney’s emerging artists series.