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  Laura Sharp Wilson
 March 19 - April 25, 2009
 

In her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Laura Sharp Wilson continues to create detailed, highly idiosyncratic compositions expressing surreal personal narratives. She combines intricate representational and abstracted forms and layers these with botanic references into dense and colorful works. Wilson paints with precise and graphic execution using bright acrylic colors on fibrous Japanese rice paper mounted on wood panels. Several of her paintings include coiling vines, ribbons and ropes which threaten strangulation of the vessels and other shapes she has rendered. While earlier paintings explored socio-political and environmental concerns and were dominated by plant forms, Wilson's new paintings are more intimate and explore her feelings of dislocation and rootlessness, prompted by multiple moves throughout the United States in recent years. They express a desire to gain clarity --- represented visually with obsessively repeated patterns and dots --- amidst the chaotic elements in her life. There are also specific symbols in her new paintings: domestic signs of comfort and home in the form of vases; necklaces which function as obsessive, frivolous decoration or conversely, as worry beads; prayer flags as markers of Olympia, WA, her current residence, in contrast with images of New Jersey, where the artist grew up. In these new paintings Wilson acknowledges the influence of such artists as Keith Haring and Philip Guston, but also outsider artists such as Bill Traylor and Judith Scott, a deaf artist with Down Syndrome who obsessively bound objects with fiber.
 
 
Insomniac Details at the Dance Hall, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
20 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches

Ruby Beach Tangle with Plastic Bits, 2009
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
24 x 32 inches

Leaving the Land of the Geoducks, 2009
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
45 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches
 
Loudspeaker Bundle, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
38 x 38 inches

Easter Bind with Black Wool, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
13 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches

A Monolith for Bill Traylor, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood stretcher
57 x 39 inches
 
New Jersey Wings with Guston Chandelier, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
31 3/4 x 24 inches

Worry Necklace for Decoration Only, 2009
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
32 x 24 inches

New Jersey Was a Long Time Ago Times Two, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
22 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Clarity Spot on the Breakfast Nook Wallpaper, 2008
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
17 x 13 inches

Arrangement of Eyes, 2009
Acrylic and graphite on Unryu paper mounted on wood panel
17 x 13 inches
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