Amy Wilson’s new solo show at BravinLee programs

Amy Wilson, What we needed to learn (we invented new rituals), 2011, watercolor, walnut ink, and pencil on paper, 3.5 x 5.5 inches (image courtesy the artist and BravinLee programs)

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Starting tomorrow, VCS faculty member Amy Wilson’s new solo exhibition “We dream of starfish and geodesic domes” will be on display at BravinLee programs in Chelsea. The show will run through March 24th, with an opening reception this Friday, February 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Here’s a description of “We dream of starfish and geodesic domes,” taken from BravinLee’s press release:

BravinLee programs is very pleased to present Amy Wilson’s sprawling exhibition, We Dream of Star Fish and Geodesic Domes. Incorporating a wide variety of media, including watercolor on paper, acrylic on panel, collage, fabric, sewing, clay, and an interactive Flash animation, the artist reveals an ambitious set of works that center around the themes of utopia and building a new world.

Wilson is best known for her small watercolors that depict a cast of young girls who communicate the artist’s diaristic thoughts via text bubbles. In We Dream of… the girls are back, but they take on a new dimension as they roam around a landscape inspired by Hieronymous Bosch and contemplate the works of R. Buckminster Fuller, Paolo Solari, Murray Bookchin, and others. The girls wonder aloud: If we could build the perfect society from the ground up, what would it look like? What kind of values and ethics would we reward, and which ones would we shun? What kind of culture would we create, if we got to do it all over – and this time, do it right?

Highlights of this exhibition include:
* a 9’ drawing with over 6,000 words, titled A Utopian Vision (After Bosch);
* a series of fabric geodesic domes which represent the architecture of the artist’s proposed new society, complete with tiny handmade bedroom sets and even tinier shoes;
* an interactive web-based game, It’s Like This Every Day, in which players pick up limited edition albums (available for free at the gallery) and play online from home, competing to win works of art.

Amy Wilson’s web page on BravinLee http://www.bravinlee.com/artists/wilson/wilson-geodesicdomes.html

To see images of some of the works in “We dream of starfish and geodesic domes,” check out the page on the BravinLee site that’s linked above. The page also features selected press from some of Amy’s past exhibitions, her artist bio, and other information about Amy and her work.

BravinLee programs is located in suite 211 at 526 West 26th Street in New York City. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-462-4404 or email them atinfo@bravinlee.com

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Update, 2/9/2012, 4 p.m – “We dream of starfish and geodesic domes” has already received some wonderful pre-opening press coverage:

Yesterday, the show was mentioned in ARTLOG’s most recent This Week in NYC overview of recommended art exhibitions.

Earlier today, it also got a really nice mention in another list of New York exhibition picks on Hyperallergic.

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