We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars, 2004 - Fred Wilson
About the Work
About We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars
To make these prints, Wilson dripped acid onto copper plates to create what are, literally, ink spots in the finished prints. "In my work, I'm usually pretty sure of what's going to come out," he said. "But in ...Read More
To make these prints, Wilson dripped acid onto copper plates to create what are, literally, ink spots in the finished prints. "In my work, I'm usually pretty sure of what's going to come out," he said. "But in this case, I just did it. It's exciting and scary. I have no idea what others will see in it, or how they will relate it to my work. All kinds of things are going on in this microcosm or macrocosm. In my own mind, I think of the characters in the prints as talking so quietly that you can't understand them. But of course once someone takes an artwork home, it is what it is to the person who has it."
The ink spots in Wilson's etchings pulse, expand and seem to explode, as if they desire to foment conversations about, as Wilson says: "Relationships and what's really important in life." The works are meant to spark conversations, making them perfect not only for guests, but also for personal introspection.
About the Artist
About Fred Wilson
Wilson has represented the United States at the Biennial Cairo and the Venice Biennale. The recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, Wilson is a trustee at the Whitney Museum and the SculptureCenter. As both critic and insider in the museum world, Wilson's work challenges the outdated racial and gender hierarchies that these institutions are slow to shed.Read Less
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