In the new exhibition “Between the Waters,” seven emerging artists respond to the precarious state of the environment. The exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, and Margaret Kross, curatorial assistant. Two of the artists included in “Between the Waters” have ties to the Caribbean: Cy Gavin, who draws inspiration from Bermuda, his father’s homeland; and Anglo-Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo, who lived in Puerto Rico for many years. “Between the Waters” opens on March 9 at the Whitney Museum of American Art (located at 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City). The Whitney Museum says:
This exhibition brings together artists from across the United States—Carolina Caycedo, Demian DinéYazhi´ with Ginger Dunnill, Torkwase Dyson, Cy Gavin, Lena Henke, and Erin Jane Nelson—whose work responds to the precarious state of the environment through a personal lens. Experimenting with form and narrative in painting, video, and sculpture, these artists address how ideology—as much as technology, industry, and architecture—impacts all living things.
On Bermudan-American artist Cy Gavin, Artnet writes: Cy Gavin is best known for his stunning and beautiful paintings that are all motivated from personal experiences and his relationship to his family, his past, and the medium itself. He draws inspiration from Bermuda, the homeland of his father, and a place the artist has often visited to conduct research on his family’s history. His art incorporates the country’s flora and fauna, as well as its complicated history as a pivotal site during the transatlantic slave trade, and as the first island in the Atlantic to attract wealthy American tourists seeking an alternative to summers in Europe during in the 1920s.
Instituto de vision writes about Carolina Caycedo: Caycedo’s biography has inevitably influenced the content of her work—she was born in the United Kingdom, grew up in Colombia, and she started a family in Puerto Rico, before residing in multiple cities in Europe and the U.S. Through the use of apolitical terms such as “nomad” or “globetrotter,” the artist refers to herself as an immigrant, to accentuate the fact that uninhibited travel has been possible only for a relatively small elite, and that even when one is part of this elite, most artists live in precarious economic conditions.
For more on the exhibition, see https://whitney.org/Exhibitions/BetweenTheWaters
For more on Caycedo, see http://institutodevision.com/artistas/carolina-caycedo/ and http://carolinacaycedo.com/
For more information on Gavin, see https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cy-gavin-1047590 and http://www.cygavin.com/