"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
"I made a series of works where I took some classic mid-century modern furniture and decorative art objects- famous design objects- and had them all remade in white. There’s an element of it being a kind of display or history or a whitewash (whatever you want to call it), and it’s also supposed to be very seductive. Behind the whole thing is my notion that the ideas of our modern era are applied in, or infect, everything we do so that even an idea of aesthetic beauty is not free from those associations. So my idea of this whole series of white works is that you come in, and it’s this very luscious, beautiful place to be."
- Josiah McElheny