Wilmer Wilson (MFA '15) opening a solo show at Connersmith Gallery in DC, September 21st 6-8pm

Wilson shoots with ladders.
In a new body of work featuring live performance, photographs, and sculptural installation, Wilson explores intersections between cultural desire and black masculinity. Taking Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s German romantic literary masterpiece Faust as a point of departure, Wilson brings to life a contemporary quest for metaphysical ascent, a cultural climb replete with the temptations and distractions of an urban landscape. The artist queries claims to truth in art and narrative progression, while blurring lines between documentation and artifice in performance-based work. Using ladders, lottery tickets, and emergency Crisco lanterns, Wilson will interact with the spaces occupied by his audience as his durational performance unfolds in the gallery.

A second component of Wilson’s performance will occur across the city of Washington, D.C. Beginning at 10:30am Monday, September 16, Wilson will walk carrying a ladder for three to four hours, from one of D.C.’s least affluent spots to one its wealthiest, traveling on foot from Marvin Gaye Park to the Georgetown Waterfront, via Benning Road, C Street, Massachusetts Avenue and K Street.

Opening: Sat Sept 21 6-8
On View: Sept 21 - Nov 2

Gallery info: 1358 FLORIDA AVE, NE - WASHINGTON DC 20002

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