William Wegman

From: 2003-06-11
To: 2003-07-25

Galleria Cardi & Co is pleased to present a solo exhibition by William Wegman, who will show a series of large-scale works. The artist was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943. He lives and works in New York and Maine.

Wegman received a traditional artistic education, graduating in 1965 from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, with a BFA in painting. He then studied painting and printmaking at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and received an MFA in 1967.

Interests in areas beyond painting ultimately led Wegman to photography, sculpture, and video. Like many artists of his generation, he explored Conceptual and performance art as well. However, Wegman has differentiated himself from other artists who rose to prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s with the ironic and almost irrational narrative component of his work.

Wegman works with mixed media, gluing postcards onto wood panels or paper, then painting landscapes that create a connection between the postcards and the work as a whole. The result appears to be a large-scale postcard upon which painted landscapes are combined and interlaced in a Dadaist manner. These works transport the viewer into the painting with their considerable dimensions, vivid colors, and incredible landscapes. The paintings invite visitors to enter a dreamlike interior space, where the passage from one place to another is pictorially plausible, but geographically tenuous. The locations depicted are very far from one another; joining them on a single surface creates the possibility of traveling between continents without moving a step. Seemingly infinite in their detail, the images approach hyperrealism with their extreme accuracy, and the lightheartedness of the panoramas recalls the illustrations of adventure tales. With these works, Wegman exhibits a tenacious experimentalism and an ability to improvise with a range of techniques, incorporating disparate spaces into a unified whole.

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