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Garage Magazine Reviews Fred Wilson Exhibition

Out and about in NYC on a warm spring afternoon, here at GARAGE we treated ourselves to a stroll along High Line Park and ended the day with an exquisite and refreshing visit to the ever popular The Pace Gallery just around the corner. On show at the moment is Venice Suite: Sala Longhi and Related Works. This is the first major solo exhibition of new works by Fred Wilson in the US in the last six years. Fred Wilson, a widely recognised artist and a fifty-something native New Yorker, specializes in creating site-specific installations, which encourage viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives, hence raising critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. This exhibition further explores Wilson’s relationship with Venice and the rich tradition of glass making in the city. Wilson explains, “It stands to reason that the work I created in Venice looks and feels different to the work I created in the United States or elsewhere. Venice, widely known as a visual feast unlike any other city in the world, drew me into a completely different type of exploration that I had undertaken before.” A real pleasure we found, the whole gallery is utilized, from the floor up to the ceiling – which is also not surprising as The Pace Gallery is a familiar place to Wilson, who has been represented by the establishment since 2004. The art pieces themselves are mesmerizing, the play on dark and light forms, black and white as colour, and natural and artificial light sources capture and symbolise Wilsons aesthetic. Even the finest detail is not spared in Wilson’s intricate glasswork, his pieces all compliment one another and the space they are found in. This collection ranges from chandeliers, mounted glass forms and framed works. Pictures really do tell a thousand words when attempting to describe the exhibition, so if you are in NYC – make sure you drop in and have a look! Open from March 17 – April 14, 2012 510 West 25th Street, New York
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