Thursday, June 10, 2010

"the world is alive, I could feel it"





I have this image of myself reaching up, 2009

The words in the title of this post were found at the top of Amy Wilson's website almost hidden in the  lush water-colour painted leaves. This website is a delight to visit - I'm drawn to world's created by those who dare to conceive an independant system of thought or visual response to their world. It is less important for me the genre, the format, the 'style'of work, the materials employed that whether there is a rich core to the work ...what is being plumbed in order to produce and offer something to the viewer.
...this is why my own blog is by nature so eclectic  -  it simply gives me space to log the many and various things that absorb my attention...whether in passing, or in an altogether more intense and lingering way.

Now to the splendidly original Amy Wilson... the  reason I am posting here today. See Amy's blog too!




I am thinking of the blurring of the space between things, 2009



I am thinking of having a million choices, 2009-2010


I thought endlessly about creating a place to hide, 2008


we walked along the edge of the river, 2007


IT TAKES TIME TO TURN A SPACE AROUND....


It Takes Time To Turn A Space Around, 2010, is a 10” x 280” seven panel drawing by Amy Wilson that was commissioned for her first public project. The 150’ outdoor installation is currently on view in lower Manhattan’s West Thames Park and is part of the Downtown Alliance’s Re: Construction Program.

Working from the artist’s original drawing, a printed exterior grade vinyl banner was created and secured to a portion of construction fencing which surrounds a future park and playground.  Wilson’s image is one of her iconic girls fixing up a field by cutting down old growth and weeds and planting flowers and trees.

Although Wilson’s work normally contains handwritten text, the installation at West Thames is a version in which no text exists. At the gallery this month we are exhibiting the final version, which incorporates the narrative taken from stories and observations about the artist’s life.



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THIS PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY BRAVIN LEE PROGRAMS:


It Takes Time To Turn A Space Around, 2010, is a 10” x 280” seven panel drawing by Amy Wilson that was commissioned for her first public project. The 150’ outdoor installation is currently on view in lower Manhattan’s West Thames Park and is part of the Downtown Alliance’s Re: Construction Program.

Working from the artist’s original drawing, a printed exterior grade vinyl banner was created and secured to a portion of construction fencing which surrounds a future park and playground.  Wilson’s image is one of her iconic girls fixing up a field by cutting down old growth and weeds and planting flowers and trees.

Although Wilson’s work normally contains handwritten text, the installation at West Thames is a version in which no text exists. At the gallery this month we are exhibiting the final version, which incorporates the narrative taken from stories and observations about the artist’s life.


BravinLee programs are sponsoring this event


BravinLee programs opened in the spring of 2006 with a commitment to drawings and works on paper. After 15 years of having a "traditional" gallery Bravin and Lee have chosen to specialize. BravinLee programs will privilege and concentrate on this single complex and beautiful art form.
BravinLee programs will work with emerging, as well as established artists. Strong working relationships with other dealers is crucial to their program. The gallery looks forward to mounting simultaneous exhibitions with their colleagues and offering a platform for artists to exhibit their works on paper. In addition to project oriented exhibitions they also represent several artists and act as their primary gallery.

POST SCRIPT:

NB:  It was lovely to her from the artist herself. I found a certain point of connection with one of Australia's most well known cartoonist's, Michael Leunig, who is also a painter and printmaker among other things. He has also brought controversy to bear on certain subjects a times...much can be found at via Google about he and his work or visit his website .
Amy Wilson's work is hardly not in the same vein - but there is an interest in human vulnerability and what makes people feel certain things that I think is running parallel. And for this reason I think it is important - what is being voiced and depicted is of substance and does in fact matter!














Illustration: Michael Leunig



Leunig quoted Debuffet in an article - Love in the Milky Way in The Melbourne Age Newspaper 2 years ago:


Jean Dubuffet once said a fascinating thing about the world of art and I trust he would forgive me if I applied his words to human society:
"They outdo themselves celebrating a sham art in order to stifle true art. This stifling is the task of the public authorities of culture in well-governed nations. When the pompous platforms of culture are erected, and awards and laurels come raining down, then flee as fast as you can, there'll be little hope for art."
Well ......Lets celebrate diversity of views, of art making, of ways of being as Mlle Paradis did so well in this post last week!
And I'll leave you with this image from her post... Thanks MP!



6 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful and charming artwork, although I really think it is so much better with the text don't you? it adds to the enchantment! xx's

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Cat...
i did get pulled in by that writing.. its mostly too small for me to read...even when enlarged.
BUT... for example... that one about hiding - its feels true... we are like that... we have those childlike feelings.
The literal drawing of what is generally imagined gets to me.
They speak... on some level they have such truth. they appear light and whimsical.... but that night swimmer and the title - curious!
See you!
xx

Amy said...

thank you for your post, sophie! :)

Sophie Munns said...

Lovely to hear from you Amy!
There was something very compelling about your work for me.
Sometimes I think we get into deep grooves (even ruts) of seeing and dont always appreciate when we are being delivered something genuinely thoughtful.
The watercolour "I thought about the fights I had with myself" is one such one.
I believe a great deal of our energy as human beings for creating better things is lost in old thinking... and often how we beat ourselves up. OK...people go to therapy, or read things to sort this out...but I like the way your little work speaks to this.
Great to hear from you! Best wishes,
Sophie

em said...

very beautiful stuff, and evocative. i'll check out amy's blog! thanks!

Sophie Munns said...

Im pleased that you enjoyed this Em... Amy is in your neck of the woods... relatively speaking!
Soph