If you are in NYC this weekend for the Armory Show, see Wilmer Wilson IV.
Wilmer Wilson IV appropriates objects common to his socio-economic experience, manipulating their original intention to absurd degrees. For the three durational performances mounted at VOLTA NY, the artist creates a second skin by sculpturally covering his entire body with stickers. Wilson then flays his skin of stickers in an intensive act of self-immolation. Employing printed materials endorsed by the American government or political system, the performances engage issues surrounding freedom, authenticity, and vulnerability. Voted uses ‘I Voted’ stickers, typically handed out after a citizen has cast a ballot; Legalize uses legal notary seals; and Henry Box Brown uses postage stamps. The Self Portrait photographs, which document the performances, add further depth through their sensitivity to body language and ego.
Thursday, March 8th: 11am – 7pm
Friday, March 9th: 11am – 7pm
Saturday, March 10th: 11am – 7pm
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Visit the VOLTA website at www.voltashow.com.
Wilmer Wilson IV’s work may also be seen this Spring at Conner Contemporary Art in a solo exhibition: Domestic Exchange from March 17 – May 5, 2012. Performance, Saturday March 17th 5 to 8pm. Also at 5 x 5, Washington, DC – public art project supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in April 2012. The performance information is to be announced.
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