House Gallery is pleased to present Full Steam Ahead, a stunning retrospective of Laura Sharp Wilson’s work. This intimate collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, feature interlocking botanical shapes, knotted forms and rich patterns. Full Steam Ahead opens March 1 and continues through March 31, 2012. The artist’s reception, which will coincide with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, will be from 6-9 PM on March 16, 2012.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in New York and New Jersey, Wilson’s art reflects the diversity of life experiences. Wilson has said that her work is an “attempt to layer, obscure and cross out, while still coming to a clear visual answer, the complexity” she feels “about being in this chaotic, contradictory world.” Her works are indeed complicated in the layering of shapes, coils, fibers, hues, chains and vegetation, all crisscrossing and interacting. This intricate layering conveys a sense that the work is alive, humming with vitality and power.
Wilson studied surface textile design at North Carolina State University and served as an apprentice at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, which imbued her work with an obsession for pattern. Her complex layering of organic shapes and geometric patterns resembles the work of LA-based Kevin Appel as well as Miriam Schapiro, who is commonly associated with the Pattern and Decoration Movement.
Wilson holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Carnegie Melon University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been exhibited widely over the past two decades including such far flung places as Doha, Qatar, Aix en Provence, France and Amsterdam. The artist was included in “This is My Nature” at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming and “Botanica” at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. Wilson has had several solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art in New York and looks forward to a solo exhibition entitled “Mountain” at Friesen Abmeyer Gallery in Seattle this coming October.
Please join us for the Artist Reception on March 16 from 6 to 9 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and hear her perspective on the artwork. We are located at 29 East 400 South in downtown Salt Lake City and open Tuesday through Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-5.