I was thrilled to be able to see the first biennial to be held in the new Renzo Piano designed Whitney museum. The curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks selected 63 artists and collectives. Below are a small sample of the artists whose works jumped out and grabbed me.
1. Jo Baer/DAWN
2. KAYA (Collective)
Each of these pieces is part of the Body Bag Collection. Each one had names and dates scribbled on them to symbolize each character's personality. They seem like tortured souls to me. Very gothic.
3. Raúl de Nieves
4. Tala Madani
5. Pope.L aka William Pope.L
I immediately liked this room because it was filled with 688 slices of bologna with photos of random people on each slice. The slang reference to baloney as being foolish or nonsense seemed to be one of the themes here. Pope.L's intentionally fabricated a story about the slices representing the Jewish population of Philadelphia, but then taking photos of random people with no regard for whether they were Jewish or not. This room also had a bottle of Mad Dog in a box on the wall. The sensation of realizing what you are "looking" at really hit me that so much is an illusion or fake in our urban environments.