In the lead-up to the Whitney Biennial 2019, we visited five artists in their studios to learn more about their work. The first episode of the series features Jeffrey Gibson in his studio in Hudson, NY. Gibson discusses the inspiration for his sculptures—garments and a flag that greets visitors over the ticket desk. The materials he uses are laden with personal and cultural significance: beadwork, fabric, and fringe all add physical and symbolic weight to his works. Gibson draws on the power of multilayered signifiers to refuse the oversimplification of personal identity.
Meet the Artist: Jeffrey Gibson | Whitney Biennial 2019, 2019
Digital video (4 minutes 39 seconds)