Kate Wilson: Real Estate Flowers

December 1, 2007 – February 3, 2008

Toronto-based artist Kate Wilson refers to her site-specific wall works as drawings, even though they are executed in black acrylic paint. It makes sense against the white gallery walls they look like drawings, albeit in huge scale. For a week at the end of November 2007, Wilson worked in the Reynolds Gallery with an old-fashioned overhead projector and a “kit” of small images created with ink on paper. The results are inside, and will be painted over at the close of the exhibition.

She says of her wall work pieces: “My intention is to work toward a new kind of notional intimacy that incorporates degraded visual conventions while inscribing an array of catastrophic imagery … The finished pieces are small architectures … [with] an aesthetic of ruptures that serves to make the familiar visible and readable in an intentionally new way.”

Kate Wilson has been producing temporary wall drawings now for two years, in such varied locations as Toronto, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Buffalo, NY, and Owen Sound, Ontario. Her imagery has included botanical references in the past, along with depictions of things that look like planets, weird constructions, satellites, and anatomical forms.

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