Phoebe Washburn has a piece in the Whitney Biennial right now, which i haven’t seen yet. need to get over there and do that. i really enjoy her installations, and the immense time it must take to amass the materials used in her constructions. This piece here was from an exhibit last fall at Deutsche Guggenheim called Regulated Fool’s Milk Meadow. I especially liked this one because it involved a mechanical system: a “factory” that produced plots of sod, which became part of the piece.
Phoebe Washburn, Regulated Fool’s Milk Meadow, 2007
I was sort of a Jessica Stockholder fanatic for awhile and couldn’t get enough. (i even went so far as to email her volunteering to assist on her installations – she wrote back and was super nice but didn’t need me. heh). I am keen on the color compositions that Stockholder creates with paint and found objects-mainly in her large installations, not so much in her smaller works.
Jessica Stockholder, Rawhide Harangue of Aching Indices as Told by Light, 2005
I like that Phoebe works similarly, in neutral tones. i prefer that Phoebe has more of a bend toward compulsion when it comes to collecting materials. Aesthetically, it feels less haphazard and more refined than grouping disparate sets of random objects. Her installations feel more organic in the way they are constructed-like something that has grown into the space, rather than having been planned and then arranged. i love them!
Phoebe Washburn, True, False, and Slightly Better, 2003
I enjoy the way they both use a lot of word play in titling their pieces, which is always fun! i’m excited to see what Phoebe has at the Whitney – oh these are two of her drawings of the Gardener Schedule Study, a calendar for the care of the grass. beauties!
Phoebe Washburn, Gardener Schedule Study, Mixed media on paper, 53.5 x 43 cm, 2007