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Jordan Casteel

by NYCgo.com Staff
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(b. 1989, Denver, Colorado; lives and works in New York, New York)

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Minnesota, 2020. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Artist Statement

Minnesota, 2020, as part of my ongoing Subway Series, depicts a man, unknown to me, seen during my commute several months back. The word “Minnesota” is printed across his hat in bold letters. At the time, I didn’t process this language as anything more than a state. Now, this place couldn’t feel more meaningful—as the home state of George Floyd, whose wrongful death has forced a global reckoning with systematic racial inequities. Sometimes it feels like coincidence or a conjuring, and then I remember that my community has been speaking for a long time with intense clarity. These moments are right in front of us. We just have to be ready to receive them.

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