Brian Wood Solo Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Quicken, 2012, Graphite on paper, 14 x 11 inches
March 7th-April 13th, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 7-9pm
Openings Collective is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Brian Wood in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle curated by Michael Berube.
Works in this exhibition will include graphite drawings, ink/photo hybrid drawings, and a large-scale photograph. Wood’s explorations in these various media allow access to different states of mind and differing experiences of time and space. His highly attuned attention to consciousness and the fluctuating states of awareness manifest the core imagery of his work.
“The pre-lingual lack of separation from one’s mother and the undifferentiated void of the infant’s world quickly give way to the necessary experience of difference, boundaries, self-awareness, language, and time. The death of Orpheus is an arresting image of the tail-end of this state: his body torn to pieces and cast into the landscape while his head is held by the flowing river Hebrus, singing as it is swept out to sea. In that head, floating to Lesbos, live memories of underworld and ecstasy.
I’m particularly interested in the mysterious way images constantly arrive in consciousness, fluoresce, and die. All this in a flash that remains largely unconscious as images instantly reify toward meaning and language and are then put to service as identity, self, and workaday narcissism. I experience the process of drawing as a tracing of arising being and imagery, shifting mental states, embodied experience, and fragments of memory. Once reaching a state of holding/stasis and fully immanent with meaning, but just before solidifying into a particular meaning, the drawing is complete. The resultant image often feels very alien to me and each drawing is quite different.
This exhibition has coalesced around mourning for my mother, Phyllis Cicily Ana Wood, who recently passed away. It will include work that refers to my earliest experience of mother and the show will be dedicated to her.”
Brian Wood is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and many others.
His awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, numerous Canada Council Grants, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include The Printed Picture at the Museum of Modern Art, Brian Wood: Drawings at Jeannie Freilich Contemporary in Chelsea, Le Choix du Coeur with Gandy Gallery in Prague, and recent group shows at Julie Saul Gallery, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, and Schema Projects in Brooklyn.
The Church of St. Paul is located on the corner of West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. For press inquires, please contact Frank Sabatte at email@example.com or call (212)-265-3209 extension 218.
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