Willa Nasatir at Whitney Museum of American Art, July 14 – October 1, 2017

“The emerging artist Willa Nasatir (b. 1990, Los Angeles, California) creates photographs routinely informed by a cinematic vocabulary, inspired by the shifting landscape and individuals who inhabit New York, where she works and lives. Nasatir’s compositions routinely function as part-still life, part-portrait (notably without bodies), evoking a surreal otherworldly environment—a realm that’s familiar yet simultaneously difficult to pin down.

Nasatir’s photographs begin as makeshift sculptures, quickly assembled in her studio from an array of unexpected, disparate objects ranging from decorative fans to a car headlight. She alters and combines these found objects, which she photographs and re-photographs, subjecting the surfaces to dramatic material and light effects. The resulting works are hand-manipulated images that become psychologically charged and difficult to discern; the viewer is left to parse out unresolved narratives that the image only implies.” — Whitney Museum

Willa Nasatir. Red #1, 2016. Chromogenic print, 27 1/4 x 21 in. (18.4 x 53.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY.

Willa Nasatir. Conductor, 2017. Chromogenic mounted on wood, 79 1/2 x 61 in. (201.9 x 154.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY.

Willa Nasatir. Red Room, 2017. Chromogenic print mounted on wood, 82 x 67 in. (208.3 x 170.2 cm). Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY.

Willa Nasatir. Butterfly, 2017. Chromogenic print mounted on wood, 73 1/2 x 60 in. (186.7 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY.

Willa Nasatir. Bus Depot, 2017. Gelatin silver print, 21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm). Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY.

This exhibition is organized by Jane Panetta, Associate Curator.

Images courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art.