“Artwork is a platform the place human beings are able to see what they’ve in frequent.”
Unity and belonging are core messages inside your work. In a time the place the socio-political order is fraught with uncertainty world wide — from the threats of nuclear warfare to the local weather emergency — how do you imagine artwork can assist mend this sense of unity throughout the world neighborhood?
I feel it’s the glue. It’s the factor that binds us collectively. It’s troublesome to disagree with stunning shade — what’s there to disagree about? It’s troublesome to disagree about good structure or a sure sound. For instance, hip-hop has achieved extra for race relations that anything. You get a bunch of various individuals in the identical room and so they’re all bobbing their heads to the identical beat.
Trend has achieved an identical factor. I feel vogue has achieved extra for id politics and race relations than anything, since you get to put on the identical factor — there’s a shared consciousness. If there’s one factor that’s vital for me about artmaking, is that it’s actually a platform for shared consciousness, the place concepts overlap. Artwork is a platform the place human beings are able to see what they’ve in frequent. You possibly can’t remedy a world challenge with out working collectively on some stage.
The pandemic was a fantastic instance of that time.
I take into consideration that on a regular basis: how are we going to do something if we are able to’t agree on shit? With a purpose to remedy critical points, e.g. the local weather, you might have to have the ability to discuss to one another and be on the identical stage. I feel artwork is the right automobile for that communication.
When you concentrate on the way forward for humanity, are you in the end hopeful?
I need to be. It’s humorous as a result of I used to be having a dialog with a homie a number of days in the past. The dialog was: ‘Do you imagine now we have the capability to resolve local weather change or some other existential menace to humanity?’ My instinctive reply was ‘sure’ instantly, however the query is: will we?
We are able to, we all know now we have the capability to, however will we? We’ve the know-how to create a vaccine in document pace. Will we and may we do it earlier than it’s too late?
If we are able to really put ourselves ready the place we’re capable of see the sweetness on this planet, then the sweetness is value saving. The sweetness is value having fun with and preserving for the following technology to come back. I’m extra optimistic than not.
All paintings by Tavares Strachan. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery and Perrotin.