Whitney Biennial 2012

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Kids can hear directly from artists as they talk about the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.


Tom Thayer (b. 1970), _This Life is Nothing More Than Waiting for the Sky to Open_, 2011. Paint on canvas, cardboard, string, wire and mixed media. 72 x 48 in. (182.88 x 121.92 cm). © Tom Thayer; collection of Michael Coppola and Ann Zumwalt, courtesy of Derek Eller Gallery, New York. Photograph courtesy Derek Eller Gallery, New York

NARRATOR: Walk around Tom Thayer’s installation. What do you notice? Thayer creates art that contains all sorts of things like paintings, paper puppets of people and birds, collages, and animated videos. During the Biennial, the artist will create a performance in this room using all of these different things.

Here, Thayer gives some advice:

TOM THAYER: It’s kind of like making artwork, you're on this journey, and you don't really know where it's going. And it's a collaboration between you and the art materials or you and like, you'll do something and maybe what happens is a little unexpected. So then, that's sort of the materials, making their move and then you respond to that and then the materials respond back to you.

I would maybe tell a young artist that probably a lot of the most interesting things happen through mistakes and failures. That seems to be where a lot of the magical things happen.