The New York artist discusses his immersive sound installation now at the Whitney Museum.
The Virginia-born, New York-based artist Kevin Beasley works in sculpture, sound and video, manipulating disparate materials of familiar sources into nearly unrecognizable forms. Beasley’s works reflect on process, the disconnect of modern culture and the socio-political and economic truths that continue to deepen the divide. The artist has already had exhibitions at the Guggenheim, MoMA, SFMOMA and the Tate Modern, among others; now he presents his latest work, A View of a Landscape, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The installation takes a look at the plagued history of race and labor in the American South through the use of a repurposed cotton gin that has been made into a playable instrument. Beasley joins Vivian in the studio today to discuss his work, the catharsis of making the ugly beautiful and the actual process of revamping a cotton gin.