January 15 - February 28, 2018

BOB’s YOUR UNCLE (BYU) was originally commissioned by Maxine Kopsa, director of the Kunstverein Amsterdam, as an installation and serving room at the non-profit art space(2014-2016). Over two years, the bar functioned as a venue for forty-nine artist presentations, and remains a significant part of the Kunstverein’s history and Amsterdam’s artistic community.

Wilhite’s environment notes the complete artistic and architectural environments of Utopian-minded artists, such as Theo Van Doesberg, Gerrit Rietveld, and El Lizzitsky, whose goals were clearly stated and understood through the simple visual vocabulary exemplified in their works of artistic, decorative, and architectural unity. Wilhite is interested in the simplicity of imagery, and the utopian idea of a future return to the basic priorities in life.

BYU’s rigid artistic and political goals are aligned with these earlier historic works: the reference serves to potentially enable a significant discussion through the comparison. Wilhite takes up the idea of architecture that would become sculpture, creating tables, chairs, and paintings that are simple and unified in a timeless environment. Overt classifications—design, architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture—become irrelevant.

Click HERE to view the entire exhibition on our Artsy site.