Whitney Biennial 2014

Solo en Inglès

Kids can hear directly from artists as they talk about the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Terry Adkins

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Narrator: How can you make sound visible? Can you make a work about sound that is totally silent? Look closely at the metal sculptures by artist and musician Terry Adkins. What you see here are 3D representations of the sound waves of birdcalls. Starting from the wall, you can follow the pattern of the birdcall. The thicker parts represent the loudest part of the birdsong and the narrowest part is the quietest part. Notice how some of the birds sing continuously, while others pause or repeat their songs. 

Metal artworks hanging on the wall.

Narrator: How can you make sound visible? Can you make a work about sound that is totally silent? Look closely at the metal sculptures by artist and musician Terry Adkins. What you see here are 3D representations of the sound waves of birdcalls. Starting from the wall, you can follow the pattern of the birdcall. The thicker parts represent the loudest part of the birdsong and the narrowest part is the quietest part. Notice how some of the birds sing continuously, while others pause or repeat their songs. 


Terry Adkins, Installation view, from left to right: Aviarium (Dickcissel), Aviarium (Mourning Dove), Aviarium (Seaside Sparrow), Aviarium (Grasshopper Sparrow), and Aviarium (Broad-winged Hawk). All works: 2014. Steel, aluminum, silver-plated brass cymbals, and trumpet mute, dimensions variable. Estate of Terry Adkins; courtesy Salon 94, New York