Wildernesses at Peninsula Art Space

Artists: Amy Butowicz, Kelly Worman, Georgina Elrod, Johanna Robinson, Jenifer Kobylarz, Susan Wanklyn, Michael Voss, Ted Gahl

Exhibition title: Wildernesses

Curated by: Johnny Mullen

Venue: Peninsula Art Space, New York, US

Date: July 14 – August 18, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Peninsula Art Space, New York

Spatial fragmentation has been a common visual and perspectival theme in literature and art since the twentieth century. As a concept, it is an expression of untamable chaos and seemingly random chance happenings. It is also strongly evocative of the harrowing and disorienting experience of being hopelessly lost in non-cultural, hostile landscapes untouched by human influence and order—a type of wilderness in itself.

Even for those who wish to control this disorder by, for example, placing it in a framework or a repository, there

always remains the possibility of the container being shattered. These “vessels” alternate between empty or potently hyper-charged spaces. If the contents of the artwork appear unsealed, there is a precarious, indeterminate chance they will bleed out of their confines, overtaking their surrounding environment.

The difference between controlled and uncontrolled disorder evaporates, and the observer finds themselves in a space of pure equilibrium between these two extremes. Ironically, this ensnares the viewer in what they perceive as an unsettling and crushingly deterministic situation— that is to say, one which is malevolent and demonic, with every coincidence interpreted as a threat, spilling over with meaning extrapolated from paranoia and unease.

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Wildernesses, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Michael Voss, N.DUBE , 2019, Oil on linen, 15” x 12 ¾ ”

Jenifer Kobylarz, So Far, 2019, Oil on wood panel, 16″ x 12″

Kelly Worman, Love in NY, 2018, Polymer, gouache, wax pencil on panel, 24” x 16”

Johanna Robinson, Using the Electromagnetic Field for Personal Gain , 2018, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 24”

Amy Butowicz, Filburt, 2019, Sewn canvas, zipper, acrylic paint, string, foam, nail polish, found furniture parts, 30″h x 16″w x 21″d

Georgia Elrod, Sprung, 2017, Oil and pastel on linen, 20″ x 20″

Johanna Robinson, Vision is a Narrow Band, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 24” x 24”

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