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Sanford Biggers

Laocoön, 2016

Vinyl, electric air pump
140 × 348 × 240 in
355.6 × 883.9 × 609.6 cm
Location
Chicago
About the work
M
moniquemeloche
Chicago
Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Sanford Biggers
American, b. 1970
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If there is a word that describes the vibrant, interdisciplinary practice of the critically acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, it would be one he provides himself: “consilience.” This notion of the convergence of disparate strands of knowledge into a deeper, multivalent whole encapsulates the installations, sculptures, drawings, performances, videos, and music through which he complicates everything from Buddhism to African and African-American identity to art history. Responding to such movements as Post-Minimalism and Dada, and to his own experiences as an African-American and frequent expat, he challenges viewers with unlikely connections in his challenging, seductive work. Claiming that, “intent can define or shape the content,” he presents the tree, for example, as a symbol of earthly connectedness, as well as the site of Buddha’s enlightenment, and of lynching. By fusing these contradictions, Biggers shatters binary assumptions, offering viewers a more complex, and truer, picture of the world.

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About the work
M
moniquemeloche
Chicago
Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Sanford Biggers
American, b. 1970
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If there is a word that describes the vibrant, interdisciplinary practice of the critically acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, it would be one he provides himself: “consilience.” This notion of the convergence of disparate strands of knowledge into a deeper, multivalent whole encapsulates the installations, sculptures, drawings, performances, videos, and music through which he complicates everything from Buddhism to African and African-American identity to art history. Responding to such movements as Post-Minimalism and Dada, and to his own experiences as an African-American and frequent expat, he challenges viewers with unlikely connections in his challenging, seductive work. Claiming that, “intent can define or shape the content,” he presents the tree, for example, as a symbol of earthly connectedness, as well as the site of Buddha’s enlightenment, and of lynching. By fusing these contradictions, Biggers shatters binary assumptions, offering viewers a more complex, and truer, picture of the world.

Sanford Biggers

Laocoön, 2016

Vinyl, electric air pump
140 × 348 × 240 in
355.6 × 883.9 × 609.6 cm
Location
Chicago
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