Wilmer Wilson IV: Faustian Ladder (#1), 2013, pigment print, 30 x 20 inches.
Wilmer Wilson IV enjoins the poetics of object making with the politics of American urban spaces in Faust in the City, his second solo exhibition with the gallery.
In a new body of work featuring live performance, photographs, and sculptural installation, Wilson explores intersections between cultural desire and black masculinity. Taking Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's German romantic literary masterpiece Faust as a point of departure, Wilson brings to life a contemporary quest for metaphysical ascent, a cultural climb replete with the temptations and distractions of an urban landscape. The artist queries claims to truth in art and narrative progression, while blurring lines between documentation and artifice in performance-based work. Using ladders, lottery tickets, and emergency Crisco lanterns, Wilson will interact with the spaces occupied by his audience as his durational performance unfolds in the gallery.
A second component of Wilson's performance will occur across the city of Washington, D.C. Beginning at 10:30am Monday, September 16, Wilson will walk carrying a ladder for three to four hours, from one of D.C.'s least affluent spots to one its wealthiest, traveling on foot from Marvin Gaye Park to the Georgetown Waterfront, via Benning Road, C Street, Massachusetts Avenue and K Street.
Wilmer Wilson IV's works have been exhibited in the Birmingham Museum of Art and The Corcoran Gallery of Art.
There will be an opening night reception at CONNERSMITH.
Saturday, September 21st from 6 to 8pm.
Artist in attendance.
Monday, September 16th: 10:30am - Marvin Gaye Park, Washington, DC (beginning)
Saturday, September 21st: 6-8pm - CONNERSMITH.