“From the Ground Up” (2020). Woodblock print, acrylic, oil on muslin and canvas. 63 x 73 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist and 55 Walker: Bortolami New York, Kaufmann Repetto Milan / New York, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York. Photos: Guang Xu

This week we highlight the work of Paula Wilson, whose work is currently on view at 55 Walker (Kaufmann Repetto, Bortolami gallery, Andrew Kreps gallery) in Tribeca through August 30.  The work successfully bridges a variety of techniques into unified wholes that hover between paintings, sculptures, textile, and even mosaic. The work of Romare Bearden came to mind for the collage-like assembly adeptly employed in many of the works.

“Becoming” (2024). Acrylic and oil on canvas. 162 x 52 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist and 55 Walker: Bortolami New York, Kaufmann Repetto Milan / New York, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York. Photos: Guang Xu

From the show’s press release:

“Wilson moves across scales, creating both monumental free-formed figurative pieces, reaching up to 30 feet high, and intimately-sized mosaiced assemblages. Drawing deeply from her own biography, including her 2007 relocation from Brooklyn to Carrizozo, New Mexico, a town of less than 1,000 residents, her holistic practice in the high-desert plains extends beyond traditional artworks. It encompasses functional objects such as her own clothing which she prints and sews, as well as rugs made from painted and printed fabric affixed to wood slats.

“Strata VI” (2023). Mixed media on muslin and canvas. 44.5 x 43.5 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist and 55 Walker: Bortolami New York, Kaufmann Repetto Milan / New York, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York. Photos: Guang Xu

Wilson’s seamless integration of artistic practice with daily life showcases her continual process of revision, recycling, and recombination. The Wind Keeps Time highlights this remaking, bringing artworks previously installed in the living spaces of her home and studio, into the gallery. These include Wilson’s rug pieces that bare the traces of their use, and when shown upright, take on a sculptural presence. The exhibition also features paintings that play with the window as a pictorial convention, and a new video piece shot exclusively in Carrizozo, serving as a portal into the artist’s life as it melds inextricably with her art. 

“The Window’s Edge” (2023). Acrylic, oil, mixed media on muslin and canvas. 115.5 x 60.3 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist and 55 Walker: Bortolami New York, Kaufmann Repetto Milan / New York, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York. Photos: Guang Xu

Wilson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and is included in the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Albuquerque Museum, the New York Public Library, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Princeton University Art Museum, among others. Born in Chicago, Wilson earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Columbia University in New York. Wilson lives and works in Carrizozo, New Mexico, where she co-founded the artist-run organizations Carrizozo Artists-in-Residency, and MoMAZoZo.”

“Meridian” (2011 / 2024). Acrylic and oil on canvas glued to pine slats. 68.5 x 58.5 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist and 55 Walker: Bortolami New York, Kaufmann Repetto Milan / New York, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York. Photos: Guang Xu

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Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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