T.J. Carlin : Shade Compositions, involves a large crowd of ladies. What do you like about using performers?
Rashaad Newsome : In my work I consistently emerge as a sort of composer, so it’s a natural progression for me to include people. Particularly with Shade Compositions, it’s the process of going through and finding all of these interesting women, getting to know them and watching them getting to know each other. In that piece I take gestures which have a strong stigma of being ghetto, that might have associations with the “low,” and turn them into something that is more associated with “high art.” Working with these women coming from different communities, I get to experience some of the issues they have with this type of split and how it plays out in their own worlds.
Whitney Museum of American Art
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