Anne Wilson: unfolding
- Anne Wilson
Friday, April 11, 2003
Lecture by the Artist
Reception for the Artists
About the Exhibition
Anne Wilson is a visual artist who creates physical drawings, sculptural objects and Internet-based projects that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. She uses found object materials (table linen, bed sheets, human hair, and lace) that are familiar and rich with cultural meanings. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; among others. She has shown extensively -- her solo exhibition entitled "Anne Wilson: Anatomy of Wear" was presented in 2000 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and her work was part of the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. "Anne Wilson: Unfoldings" was presented at MassArt this past fall 2002, and solo exhibitions are scheduled at the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University this spring 2003 and at CAM Houston in 2004. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Tiffany Foundation, The ArtCouncil, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Revolution Gallery, Detroit and Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago represent her work. Wilson is currently a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Whether painstakingly sewing human hair onto lines or re-fashioning lace into a topographical landscape, Anne Wilson creates sculptural drawings and large-scale installations that investigate family, society and culture. Her most recent project, "Topologies," also references science, technology and the urban landscape. Over the past decade, Wilson's work has compelled viewers to review and re-examine their preceptions about art, feminism and taboo, and has successfully initiated dialogues between fine art and craft. The exhibition at the University Art Gallery will include ten works created since 1992, including thread drawings, sculptures and the major installation of "Topologies."
Sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council, this exhibition will feature Anne Wilsonís expanded version of her recent sculptural fiber project titled Topologies, a major work that premiered at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Earlier works will be included as well, creating a ten-year survey of Wilsonís work with human hair, domestic linens and found lace. This project is coorganized with the Massachusetts College of Art, where the exhibition was presented in 2002. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available at the Gallery.