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Wilder Alison
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT: I have long been interested in creating fabric. My background lies largely in textiles, and I’ve spent the past several years making work that explores the numerous possibilities of fabric- and clothing-based sculpture, painting, and installation. Grounded in color and surface design, my work often engages with dysphoria relating to industrial production and gender performativity. Instead of treating this dysphoria cynically, I call on it as inspiration for transforming objects from one form or medium into another. I aim to both neutralize and fetishize the use of garish colors, textiles and trash through processes of material transformation. I think of the objects produced thereby as ambiguous, or "androgynous," standing in contrast to both the mono-functional products of the assembly line and the fixed genders of conventional subjectivity.
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  • Evolving Colorway
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread, wood, hardware, steel cord, PVC, rope   Variable; each print approx. 44 in. x 36 in.
    An installation created to produce painted "prints" on one-yard pieces of fabric. Paint was poured into a box, into which each sheet of fabric was laid before being hung to dry. As more pain

  • Evolving Colorway #52 (front & back)
    2011
    Fabric, paint   44 in. x 36 in.

  • Evolving Colorway B, #30-41
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread   6 ft. x 6.5 ft.

  • Roundness Cornered
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread, wood, hardware   44 in. x 36 in.

  • Roundface Gets A Resolution
    2012
    Fabric, paint, thread, wood, sand, wax, found objects   Approx. 36 in. x 36 in.

  • Friendship is Irresistible Work
    2011
    Mixed media   Variable
    Installation shot of the show "Friendship is Irresistible Work," Primetime, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

  • Switch
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread, sand, tape, glue, yarn, cord   9 ft. x 7 ft. x 1 ft.

  • Gril
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread   48 in. x 44 in.

  • Found Barrier Study
    2011
    Fabric and paper mache casts of garbage cans, paint, ribbon, PVC, yarn, cord   5 in. x 2 in. x 10 in.

  • K-Frame
    2011
    Fabric, paint, thread, paper, found objects   36 in. x 42 in.

  • Proto-manic permutations: cameltoe suite
    2010
    One color silkscreen on fabric   Height variable; repeat unit approx. 22 in. x 32 in.

  • She learned my licking cadence quickly
    2010
    Three color silkscreen on fabric   Height variable; repeat unit approx. 28 in. x 50 in.
    Based on stills from a video collaboration with Rachel Schragis

  • It A Boy
    2011
    Video still   Variable
    Still from a music/video collaboration with Monroe Street (video coming soon!)

  • Not every balloon can trigger glee (chest binding)
    2009
    Balloons   Variable

  • Ideal Hearthquake!
    2009
    Mixed media   Variable
    Installation shot of the show "Ideal Hearthquake!", UBS, Red Hook, NY, 2009

  • Practice of inversion/preservation of contentment: Jacob’s ladder (top left)
    2009
    Wood, paint, webbing, fabric, uni-strut steel, hardware, motor   13 ft. x 6 ft. x 9 ft.
    Collaboration with David Wilder. Text alternates between: “What can be done to guard against the onset of sadness?” (Michel Foucault) and ”What chords do your appliances produce and

  • I speak with you always, you speak with me always: ideal hearths
    2009
    Clothing, wallpaper paste, glue, wood, screws   Two pieces each 4 ft. x 7 ft. x 4 in.

  • What constitutes the exchange of muscle memory? : sausage house
    2009
    Wood, hardware, shredded paper, plastic bags, fabric, paint, cord   12.5 ft. h x 15 ft. d

  • Sun Clock (tubescape)
    2009
    Fabric, paint, tubing, cord, hardware   Variable; largest ring 10 ft. in diameter by 2 ft. tall
    Sculpture was a mutating set piece in the play The Broodmare, dir. Johanna McKeon, Bard College

  • Tubescapes
    2008
    Silkscreen on paper   Each print 11 in. x 10 in.
    Prints illustrate potential configurations of a sculpture like Sun Clock
 








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