Whitney Biennial 2014 Audio Guide Playlist
Hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2014 Biennial. The guide also features commentary from Biennial curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner.
TONY LEWIS: My name is Tony Lewis.
This is one project that is based off of a sentence, a made-up sentence, it’s sort of like an epigrammatic sentence that doesn’t really mean anything; it doesn’t really make any sense. But it brings together two phrases, one of which is “people of color” and the other one is “colored people.”
NARRATOR: Following a set of evolving rules that he generates himself, Lewis has worked with that sentence to make sixty or seventy of these large drawings.
TONY LEWIS: I was definitely interested in the relationship between the two of phrases, “people of color” and “colored people.” They’re quite close, but they mean different things at different times, and they refer to very different people. And so I kind of wanted to—I’d been looking at language for a long time and I wanted to see language, I wanted to see how they could work together or be put in the same space, more or less trying to take the two phrases and put them, quite honestly, in the same frame.
NARRATOR: The process of reworking the language has become a compositional force within the drawings.
TONY LEWIS: I’ve been able to get shapes that I kind of—I don’t think I would be able to get otherwise.
When I first started doing the project there was one thing I was trying to attack—the deconstruction of that sentence, or the breaking apart of whatever the meaning could have been. The motivation shifts from that to now being much more interested in the new language that I’m pulling from.
- 100 Introduction to Whitney Biennial 2014
- 101 Sergei Tcherepnin
- 102 Charlemagne Palestine
- 205 Academy Records and Matt Hanner
- 210 Terry Adkins
- 203 Elijah Burgher
- 201 Jimmie Durham
- 209 Susan Howe
- 202 Carol Jackson
- 212 Rebecca Morris
- 204 Paul P.
- 208 Public Collectors
- 213 Martha Rosler on Allan Sekula
- 213-2 Anthony Elms on Allan Sekula
- 302 Etel Adnan
- 315 Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
- 315-2 Stuart Comer on curating project-based art
- 304 Lisa Anne Auerbach
- 306 Julie Ault
- 312 Kevin Beasley
- 309 Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
- 308 Morgan Fisher
- 313 Tony Greene
- 318 Fred Lonidier
- 319 Dashiell Manley
- 305 Keith Mayerson
- 301 Ken Okiishi
- 317 Semiotext(e)
- 404 Gretchen Bender, People in Pain, 1988
- 404-2 Philip Vanderhyden on re-making Gretchen Bender’s People in Pain, 1988
- 402 Dawoud Bey, The Birmingham Project, 2012
- 402-2 Dawoud Bey, Barack Obama, 2008
- 406 David Diao
- 409 Louise Fishman, Ristretto, 2013
- 401 Gaylen Gerber, Backdrop, n.d.
- 401-2 Gaylen Gerber on working with other artists
- 405 Karl Haendel
- 411 Sheila Hicks
- 421 Ben Kinmont
- 419 Zoe Leonard
- 424 Tony Lewis
- 407 Ken Lum
- 403 Shana Lutker
- 420 Joshua Mosley
- 417 Dona Nelson, String Beings, 2013
- 418 Joel Otterson, Curtains Laced with Diamonds Dear for You, 2014
- 425 Peter Schuyff
- 415 Amy Sillman, Mother, 2013–14
- 416 Amy Sillman and Pam Lins, Fells, 2013–14
- 426 Ricky Swallow
- 422 David Foster Wallace
- 413 Donelle Woolford
- 410 Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Notley, 2013
- 410-2 Molly Zuckerman-Hartung on painting and sewing