"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"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