155″x155″; acrylic and oil on muslin and canvas (relief, silk screen, monotype, and lithography print), wooden and beaded jewelry made in collaboration with Mike Lagg; 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Denny Dimin Gallery, New York.
COLLAGE ON VIEW
Paula Wilson: Imago
at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York, New York, USA
9 September-29 October 2022
“Imago” is an exhibition of new work by multimedia artist Paula Wilson. With the scope of her wide ranging practice incorporating themes of identity, image making and the natural world, Paula Wilson is an artist who has become sought after for institutional exhibitions and inclusion in important public and private collections. Alongside her exhibition at Denny Dimin Gallery, she is exhibiting within a group exhibition “Plein Air” at MOCA Tucson and has an upcoming solo exhibition “Toward the Sky’s Back Door” at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in 2023. In addition, her upcoming Albuquerque Museum show: “Nicola López and Paula Wilson: Becoming Land” opens October 8th, 2022 and is part of a larger umbrella of shows titled: “Historic and Contemporary Landscapes” including work by Thomas Cole and Kiki Smith. She has also recently had an acquisition placed at Colby College Museum of Art.
Through “Imago”, the gallery space is transformed into the artist’s world, where her multimedia works of large scale collages, tromp l’oeil assemblages, monumental figures and video works are brought to life furthered by wooden sculptural collaborations with her partner Mike Lagg.
The title of the exhibition, “Imago”, explores the ideas of imagery, regeneration and reflection. Directly taken from the Latin word meaning image, it relates to a stage of metamorphosis when a winged insect reaches full maturity having morphed from egg to larva to pupa, then moving through imago to adult. There is also a secondary meaning attributed to “Imago’’ in psychology where we unconsciously reflect personality traits from formative relationships. Usually this pertains to a parent figure, however, with Wilson she uses it to delve further into her artistic relationship with her partner Lagg, a woodworker who has contributed to this exhibition.
(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)
Denny Dimin Gallery
39 Lispenard Street
New York, New York 10013 USA