PIECESCAPESJuly 7 - August 1, 2018
The yuccas are blooming in the high desert plains, the apache plume in the hills. I go on a treasure hunt -- cutting through paintings, crossing the tracks, picking up clues. My manilla folder is filled with remnants of past artworks. They live with me. They find life in homes, gardens, and trails. They breathe; they have sex. They live on the land that has many names.
Inspired by the broken, the discarded, and the thrown away, Paula Wilson remixes pieces of past artworks to assemble new possibilities. Wilson lives in Carrizozo, a tiny railroad town founded in 1899 in the high desert plains of New Mexico. Found pottery shards, rusted metal, broken glass, and plastic trash are reimagined as possibilities, puzzles and patterns. Remnants of her artistic production are printed, cut, pasted, and collaged— their meanings relationally transformed by prepositional shifts. PIECESCAPE generates a new economy of objects after they are abandoned— they riff— they gather to resuscitate one another’s lives, each working to mobilize refusal. Each piece is a doorway into an incalculable past. Here is a wild cacophony of escape—an outlaw’s myth refigured in jazz via improvisation and convivial collaboration. Those cast aside and deemed improper convene in their transgression to make pivots of joyful use.