Traffic is the second of five biennials planned over ten years. The 51 multidisciplinary artworks in this exhibition look at the varied ways in which contemporary culture responds to different ideas of traffic.
All of the biennials focus on issues relevant to life in the metropolis and extend Exit Art’s commitment to showcasing the work of young and emerging artists. Inspiration for Exit Art’s first biennial, Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction 2003, was borne out of our recent move from SoHo to Hell’s Kitchen and also the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after the September 11th attacks.
In response to Webster dictionary’s five definitions for “traffic”, the artworks in this exhibition explore how traffic is defining our constantly changing world; the sprawl of urban centers, borders being redefined, global import and export of goods, people moving from one place to another, the trafficking of drugs, people and children, the flow of information over the internet etc. Everything is in flux and traffic is the system in which it all moves.
jonathan allen Justin Beal Gail Biederman Johannes Buss Alfredo Conde Matthew Cusick Michel de Broin Lisa DiLillo Uri Dotan Hasan M. Elahi eteam Eddie Figueroa / Rafael Rivera / Aaron Salabarrías Chantel Foretich Adam Frelin Graciela Fuentes Christoph Gielen Eduardo Gil Shuli Hallak Tom Hébert Angela Hennessy Todd Jokl Marie-Christine Katz Michael Lalicki J. Gabriel Lloyd Matthew Lusk Mitchell Marco Bryan Mesenbourg David Packer Debra Pearlman Plamen Petkov Preemptive Media Jeremy J. Quinn Nicholas Rodrigues Augustine Romero Shane Ruth Marie Sauvaitre Romy Scheroder Simon Schiessl/Saoirse Higgins Zoë Sheehan Saldaña Paul Slocum S. Spanhake János Sugár Stefanie Trojan Jovan Villalba Onge S. Warner Seth Weiner Letha Wilson Bradley Wood Mike Wsol Linda Wysong