The Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery brings to campus artwork that strengthens and compliments art curriculum, artists who present culturally enriching programs for the entire student body and more specific art discussions with art students, and over-all exhibitions that are engaging to a larger arts community.
Crystal Wagner: Vestibule
Dates: February 7th – March 14th, 2014
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 7th from 12pm – 2pm
Georgetown College Fine Art Galleries is proud to have this accomplished artist as our next visiting artist. Please join us for the opening reception Friday, February 7th, 2014 in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Gallery starting at 12pm. Enjoy meeting and listening to Ms. Wagner discuss is work and engaging exhibit. Ms. Wagner’s work will be on view from February 7th – March 14th, 2014 in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Gallery.
Vestibule is a conduit. A space somewhere between the plastic and artificial environment of our everyday experiences with man-made materials, consumerism, and technology and the exotic landscapes that occupy the surface of our earth. It explores ideas related to human beings and the increasingly severe divide between themselves and the natural world by growing, as if it were a life form, through the gallery. The exoticization of nature and all things, non-human, make forms that were once familiar, more foreign. Â While this dissonance continues to escalate, making more and more of our natural world seem alien to us, there is a strange familiarity and attraction to the forms that people categorize as exotic and even in our attempt to keep the outside, out, plastic plants occupy small corners of peoples homes. I am interested in how these ideas relate to our everyday materials, the accessibility and excess in mass production, and how it affects peoples experience with the world that they live in.
“Wagner has a formal education in printmaking, and this training works to her advantage. She is able to refine her installations by adding intricate prints of forms that look like vines and petals. It contrasts nicely with her construction, which focuses more on structure and building volume. These are the heart of Wagnerâ€™s installation, and tell us the most about the essence of her work.” Sara Barnes, BeautifulDecay.com
“Multi-disciplinary artistÂ Crystal WagnerÂ creates deceptively natural-looking environments with paper and other materials purchased from dollar stores and office supply chains. Whether working on drawings, installations or printmaking, Wagner begins all of her work with an organic mark, allowing shapes to emerge and multiply like moss or fungus from another planet.” -Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose Contemporary Art Magazine, 2013
Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002.Â She is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia College and she is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Wagnerâ€™s interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively.Â Her exhibition schedule has her actively growing large-scale installations all over the United States.Â This year she will have installations and work at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, CA; Scope Art Fair during Art Basel Miami in Miami Beach, FL; Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX; Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN; McClelland Interational Sculpture Exhibition, Australia; Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY; and abroad at the P/M Gallery in Toronto, Canada.Â Her installations have been featured at both the Southern Graphics Council International Conference and the Mid-American Print Council Conference.
Currently you can find her artwork published on the cover of Dura Lar, Matte .005 Drawing Pads available through Dick Blick Art Supplies internationally and multiple features on her work throughout the interenet, including but not limited to Hi Fructose, Arrestedmotion.com, ArtAttacks Online, Art & Science Journal, Inspir3d.com, My Modern Met , Beautiful Decay Magazine and Dzinetripmagazine.com, many more. This year she was the recipient of an Awesome Without Borders, Awesome Foundation Art Grant and most recently she was the Scultpure and Installation Category Award Winner of the SEE.ME, Art Takes Paris, international art competition.
For more information on Ms. Wagner: click here
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