High Alert: Artists Speak Out
New Season New Shows at The Art Garage:
The Art Garage has launched its summer season: The Middle Bay offers an installation of David Wilson: Assemblages (1985-2021), freestanding and wall-mounted constructions, Part I in High Alert Artists Speak Out, a summer series devoted to contemporary themes of environmental and social justice.
The Main Gallery features bright paintings and watercolors by NYC-artists who have moved Upstate, Lilian Voorhees and James Herman. Both shows will be on view Saturdays 11am-3pm, through July 8. (Limited hours on Saturday July 3.) The Art Garage will also open other days a week with an appointment: just text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327. Images of much of the work can be seen at FBArtGarageCooperstown. “It feels great to be able to offer full-blown shows again,” noted Art Garage founder/director, Sydney Waller, who also noted that as always guests are reminded to park on gallery lawns not on the town road.
David Wilson, of Yorkshire, England and South New Berlin, NY offers a collection of his assemblages in the Middle Bay of the three-bay Art Garage. Created between 1985 and the present, the constructions all reference in ways subliminal or more directly the charged political issues of the times. this show kicks off the Art Garage summer series, High Alert Artists Speak Out. The work on display speaks to Wilson’s studio practice, that is very much separate from his professional work: he creates largescale architectural stained glass for airports, metro stations, cathedrals and courthouses around the country. This studio work began as play, akin to toymaking and inspired in part by Joseph Cornell’s boxes. The pieces evolve as dictated by whimsy or by the materials, influenced by random elements including, as can be seen in this show, the barrage of disquieting news that seeps into his work. The selection of assemblages on display at the Art Garage – many cabinet-like in construction and elegantly engineered, some with moving parts, one on baby carriage wheels—speak to urgent issues the world is facing, from gun violence to environmental degradation to – in a visual nonlinear manner. Professionally, David Wilson creates award-winning, large-scale architectural glass commissions around the country for universities, government entities, corporations, churches, synagogues, metro stations—even the Newark airport. He has worked on a regular basis with architects such as Kevin Roche and John Dinkleroo (CT) and more recently, Graham Gund (Boston.) His most recent project is at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH where he has designed as glass ceiling for the college’s new library, to open the fall of 2021. Now based in South New Berlin, Wilson studied at the Middleboro College of Art in the U.K., with post-grad studies in London at Central School for Art and Crafts. He was awarded a U.K. National Design Diploma (N.D.D.). and for many years worked in Manhattan for the Rambusch Decorating Co., managing the stained glass studio, before striking out on his own. Today he runs David Wilson Design from his South New Berlin design studio, and works with Trevor Wilson, Hobart, NY, artist/fabricator for his designs and is also his son. ###
- By appointment Sun.-Fri., 9AM-5PM, open Saturdays, 11am-3pm