Gillian Wearing – People

“People,” from Gillian Wearing, is the first major NYC solo show for the artist since 2003. The exhibit encompasses a wide variety of media and fills both floors of the Tanya Bokandar Gallery on West 21st Street.

Gillian Wearing - Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar, framed bromide print, 63 3/8 x 51 1/2 inches, 2010.

The work collected for this display includes video installations, photographs and sculptures. This diverse array blends seamlessly as the viewer is introduced to one acquaintance after the next.

Gillian Wearing - Gervais - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Gervais, painted bronze on plywood plinth , 15 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 2010.

Identity skates very thin ice in all of these works. In the shuffle, it can be easy to lose a sense of self when empathy takes root. You can’t hear it in these still images but words are the pure energy that ribbons through all of the media. The Art here is experiential, get to the gallery and make the breakthrough.

Gillian Wearing - Secrets and Lies - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Secrets and Lies, video for monitor with sound, 53 minutes, 16 seconds , 96 x 69 x 97 inches, 2009.

Gillian Wearing
5 May – 24 June 2011
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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