The good ol’ USA seemed to be the theme of this Whitney Biennial in all its bleak post “9/11,” Iraqi war, and recession aftermaths. Fifty-five artists from all over — a large number from California– depicted single suburban homes, abstract paintings, profiles of girls caught between innocence and trauma, men as white trash minotaurs, red igloo sculptures, and couches made of newsprint.
It’s enough to drive us to drink, HEAVILY.
The video below, by Josephine Meckseper really indicates how homogenous we’ve become in her depiction of the American mall. Meckseper, born in Lilienthal, Germany, currently resides in New York City. The Whitney describes her work, as follows: “Meckseper exposes the political ramifications of America’s culture of consumption.”