Collection Artwork
2017 31a b pr w01
2017 31a b courtesyjeffreygibsonstudio d1
2017 31a b pr w01
2017 31a b courtesyjeffreygibsonstudio d1
Jeffrey Gibson (born Colorado, 1972)
I'M GONNA TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER
2015
cotton, thread, wool, canvas, vintage thimbles, glass beads, artificial sinew, recycled artist's own shirts, steel studs, rawhide, acrylic, cardboard, wood
installed size: 80 x 55 x 2 in.
Tang purchase
United States, North America
2017.31a-b

Installation views

2017 31a b pr i03
2017 31a b pr i02
2017 31a b pr i01

Object Label

The brightly colored patchwork textile—inspired by powwow garments, the artist’s grandmothers’ quilts, Native American cultural traditions, and other sources—both hides and reveals text from a Janis Joplin song: Try (Just a Little Bit Harder). It is a proposition, or maybe a command.

Jeffrey Gibson is half Choctaw and half Cherokee, grew up in Germany, Korea, and the United States, and studied art in the United Kingdom. He culls inspiration from an endless well of multicultural sources, personal, popular, and political, historical and contemporary. In material choices like rawhide, thimbles, and his own shirts, he examines complicated questions of self and identity and challenges existing notions of what it means to be “traditional.”

From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)

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Give a damn.
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