Sanford Biggers is an American artist who has a lot to say about the passage of time and the human condition. We meet in New York where Chicago gallerist Monique Meloche is presenting an exhibition of his current projects during the Armory Show. I’m here to find out more about the ideas behind his newest work. What’s motivating him to reinterpret vintage bed coverings—cutting and recombining them before screenprinting and painting their fragmented surfaces? Why is he collecting African sculptures, dipping them in wax, and re-sculpting them at a firing range? Listen to this episode to understand the dark and beautiful patchwork of research and personal experience that Sanford Biggers pieces together with his formal, philosophical, and political interests. Hear how the work connects with #BlackLivesMatter.
Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Sound Effects: courtesy Sanford Biggers | Photos Courtesy: Sanford Biggers and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
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Related Links: Sanford Biggers, Monique Meloche, Armory Show, Allison Zuckerman, Rubell Family Collection, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tami Katz-Freiman
Related Images: Fresh Vue: Armory Arts Week NYC 2016
Of Note: Art Forum features a review of this provocative new work by Sanford Biggers in the April 2016 issue.