Scouts, Ayse Wilson

April 27 - May 28, 2016

Geary Contemporary is excited to present Scouts, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Ayse Wilson. Scouts marks Wilson’s second solo exhibition with Geary Contemporary and there will be opening with a reception for the artist Thursday, April 28 from 6 – 8 PM.

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Marrying the sinister and the innocent, Wilson’s paintings of children address the “cute” (read “unsettling”) aesthetics of youth. As Peter Benson Miller writes, “… Wilson’s children are expressionless ciphers, wide-eyed wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Using visual cues from cartoons and toys, Wilson imbues doll-like imagery with pathos typical of renaissance painting, creating scenes that blend and upend expectations of historical painting.

In addition to elaborating Wilson’s ongoing exploration of child iconography, Scouts introduces a new trajectory in the form of larger than life images of bath toys. By focusing her lens on the objects of children, Wilson reminds the audience of the carnal underpinnings of ostensibly pure objects. As Rob Goyanes describes, “Wilson’s paintings retain an un-ironic cheer, a cartoon like-state somewhere between realism and fanta­sy, that uncanny zone that colors the majority of life.”

Ayse Wilson is a Turkish-American artist who lives and works in New York City.

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Ayse Wilson

Her work draws from memory and emotion to remind viewers of youth, innocence and the timeless space we occupy when we are young. She creates lively and childlike characters, finding inspiration in the works of early Italian Renaissance masters such as Fra Angelico. Wilson graduated from Wellesley College in 1991, and pursued her education in Florence. She received her MFA at New York Academy of Art, and afterwards worked as a painting assistant to Jeff Koons for two years. She is also represented by the Pg Art Gallery in Istanbul.