Whitney Biennial 2008
Fritz Haeg works between his art, architecture and design practice Fritz Haeg Studio (though the currently preferred clients are animals), the happenings and gatherings of Sundown Salon (now Sundown Schoolhouse), the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab (including Edible Estates), and other various combinations of building, curating, dancing, designing, exhibiting, gardening, organizing, talking, teaching, and writing. His home base since 2001 is a geodesic dome in the hills of Los Angeles.
Fritz Haeg: It is really interesting I have been talking to lot of people about this, because I am interested in different peoples take on this show this year, I am really intrigued by it, because as soon as the list of artist was announced I was really excited, because I am a big fan of lot of the artist in the show and I think there just from the list of names it evoked a very particulars direction I think, even though there wasn’t a theme. The curious have been articulate about it too, they talk about a less in this, a sort of modesty in the work that I think we haven’t seen before, which is certainly to in my work. I think if you compare. It is interesting in a way just to compare the projects that was in the sculpture court for the last pioneer the peace tower and my project that’s there now. One there was about the war and this one I mean as suppose in particular you could say as about the environment in some way, but I really didn’t want to do a project that was un-monumental that wasn’t object that occupied the space or even dominated in. I really wanted to do a very quiet project that sort of well itself in to this space and really it was took a backseat to it, I think a lot of the work in the show is it with very modest material and doesn’t for the most part the work isn’t very highly produced and it tends to be - I mean I think the best of the work really tends to be quiet modest in that regard I suppose.
I have really like a Jedidiah Cesar has a really phenomenal huge colossal block of rainbow colored resign that is on, I don’t know I think at might be in the 4th floor, but as part of my projects we are doing animal movements to the museum, all 12 animals are being performed by dancer every week. So, one of the score of the mason be is actually performed around this piece coincidentally and he told me or he told the friend of mine that while he is making the piece, bees kept getting attracted to it and stuck in it, so that always bees in there. So strangely enough our bee movements are have right around that piece. Trying to think of other pieces, I have I know Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge are friends from Los Angels that have this wonderful video in the show. I think that is become really popular and there is a lot of performance in this Biennial and I think the strange thing about performance is you can’t walk through the Whitney museum and pass judgments on the exhibition is easily, because it is wrapped up in all this time base work that you need to spend time with and that you need to go in experience separately. So, I think there is a lot of work happening at museum at the armory that you won’t be able to see all at once. For example, there is a performance disputed ongoing to by a couple from LA called lucky dragons and their work is very interactive and involves the group creation of sound and music together, it is a collaborative that I am looking forward to.
Recorded On: 3/10/08
This year it's about "lessness" and "modesty."
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