David Wilson: Blind Man in the Temple

8 November – 8 December 1996

 

An international flavour comes to the Art Annex when David Wilson, a visiting lecturer and artist from Tennessee, exhibits next month. The exhibition will be an installation inspired by his travels and experiences in New Zealand, both when he visited the country in 1992, and in the months leading up to this exhibition in Christchurch.

Wilson is an art educator at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and has participated in both solo and group shows throughout the United States. In 1992, during a trip to Australia and New Zealand, he held a solo exhibition called The Uninterrupted Task at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide.

In previous work, Wilson has employed common, familiar materials such as paper, plastic, string, electrical wire and light bulbs to divide and transform the gallery space, inviting examination, exploration and reflection. His work aims to confront the viewer both physically and psychologically, and he believes that responses to it should not be channelled or directed by external voices. "I would prefer (my works) remain full of a multiplicity of meanings, full of contradictions and joys of discovery. I want (viewers) to think and reflect on the complicity, interconnection and evaluation of their own lives. They need to bring themselves to the work."

('David Wilson', Bulletin, No.104, October/November 1996, p.3)

This exhibition was held at the McDougall Art Annex in the Arts Centre.