The Whitney Museum of American Art announces two shows featuring the work of emerging artists. These events focus on off-kilter and stagey artistic approaches to representation, with the aim of exploring pressing social issues.
The first one to be presented is Flatlands, which brings together paintings by five different artists – Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin. The exhibition highlights an engagement with representation among these emerging artists.
Each one of these talents create its composition with objects, bodies and places that are based on reality, but transformed in a exaggerated, recontextualized, simplified or flattened way. The show focuses on works that are imbued with both the uncertainty of our sociopolitical moment as well as the seductive quality of consumerism and physical attraction.
Flatlands’s paintings invite the viewer to reflect on this ever-present polarity and ambivalence of contemporary life.
The works in this group provoke a sense of reality as illusion or subjective construction, conjure a sense of space that is dimensionless and airless, like the illusionistic scenery flats used on stage and for movie sets.
“THESE EXHIBITIONS DEMONSTRATE THAT WE WANT TO INTRODUCE NOT ONLY NEW TALENTS BUT NEW FRAMEWORKS FOR THINKING ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART”.
SCOTT ROTHKOPF, WHITNEY’S DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMS, NANCY AND STEVE CROWN FAMILY CHIEF CURATOR.