Whitney Biennial 2012

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This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.

Vincent Fecteau (b. 1969), _Untitled_, 2011. Gypsum cement, resin clay, and synthetic-polymer paint, 16 x 24 x 23 1/2 in. (40.6 x 61 x 59.7 cm). Collection of the artist. © Vincent Fecteau; courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin; greengrassi, London; Matthew Marks, New York. Photograph by Ian Reeves

VINCENT FECTEAU: Well I usually start off thinking about something that I’m interested in. So it could be something that I see, like the shape of a car, or the shape of a building, the shape of a tree alongside a building, a line.

NARRATOR: Vincent Fecteau discusses his small, abstract sculptures.

VINCENT FECTEAU: And I usually start with that form in mind, knowing that it will change over time. So I start with a form, I change that form, I change it again, I change it again. It either looks more like something, or less like something. It goes too close to looking like one thing; I move it away to look like something else. The idea being that it never quite settles into any one way of being read. That it can be all those things.

All of these changed color multiple times, based on the way the form was going and how I wanted to manipulate that. The color for me is about trying to find some sort of emotional part of it, or to sort of move the form slightly in one direction or another.

I have this wish to make something that’s unreadable on some level. And I think that’s part of a reaction to the fact that sculpture is so physical and real. So I kind of am interested in playing around with that.

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