Falling Upward

Cora Stafford Gallery
January 31, 2018 to February 3, 2018

A graduate exhibition of works by MFA Candidate Jim Wilson, in the CVAD Drawing and Painting Program.


February 2
Opening Reception, 5-8 pm

About the Exhibition

In Jim's own words: "My work is an adventure, a journey. Rarely do I have a clear image in mind when I begin a new piece, and I am usually surprised by the outcome when I finish. I let my process drive my work, packing it with the many things I think about and the things I’m interested in. I am fascinated with the amazing world we live in and the mysteries of life, and my work is an exploration into the simple complexity of it all. I cut and glue pieces of paper (old journals, books, maps, etc.), and I paint. I draw and scrape; I sand things off; I layer things on top of things; I build, and the images and objects emerge. My work is layered and thick and rich, and it includes hazy memories from the past, tangible moments of the present, and glimpses into an indescribable future. I’m interested in the notion that, as wonderfully beautiful and multifaceted as it is, this life reveals only a fraction of what I can actually see."

About the Artist

Owing much to his experience as an architect, Jim Wilson works in both two- and three-dimensional formats. Many of his pieces are either square or cubic in format because of his insatiable fascination with cubes. If not a cube or a square, Wilson often uses the Golden Mean rectangle to organize his compositions. Fascinated by juxtapositions of chaos and order, beauty and ugliness, layers of seduction and contradiction, Wilson frequently sets up artificial rules in a piece, and then breaks them with delight. To read more about Jim Wilson's work, visit the artist's website.