|KIRK HOPPER FINE ART // JAN13 // 6-8PM
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to present a solo exhibit featuring artist Ann
Wood (Galveston). The show opens on January 13 and runs through February 17, with an opening
reception from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m., Saturday, January 13th.
Ann Wood incorporates two- and three-dimensional pieces to create dramatic installations with
a Rococo visual appeal, hunting blinds and trophies, topiaries and bouquets, town monuments,
wedding cakes, domestic objects, and historical paintings and sculptures. Wood's work has an
attractive but often deceptive appearance: initially her work seems traditionally "pretty" or looks
as if it could be edible, yet slowly reveals a disturbing underbelly, with hidden and obvious
vignettes of danger, death, deception and decay woven throughout. Wood’s new work alludes
to where and how we ourselves might die—be it in a bed, in a chair, or in front of the fireplace,
it is inevitable and undignified.
In both her two-dimensional and sculptural works, themes of decadence and over-indulgence
quickly become sickening, and animals freeze in a moment of ultimate humiliation, covered
with what appears to be frosting, flowers and bows. Other animals are intertwined in ambiguous
poses, leaving the viewer questioning whether they are fighting to their death or mating, calling
attention to the thin line between love and hate and the spectacle of violence as entertainment.
Violence coupled with playfulness creates a paradoxical sense of attraction, yet repulsion.
The process and materials used in this body of work also remain crucial to Wood's concepts.
She relies heavily on embroidery, scrapbooking materials, thread and kitsch, "craft store" objects
such as fake flowers, sequins and puffy paint. In the spirit of dichotomies, she then contrasts this
handmade "women's work" with "masculine" industrial materials such as rubber, plastic, foam,
hunting decoys and taxidermy mannequins. Using embroidery as a medium, the two-dimensional
works in Deathbeds reinterpret traditionally male-created historic painting in a contemporary
and feminine way. The "frosting" coated, large-scale sculpture twists the idea of monument into
a feminine, animal-shaped super-cake that simultaneously reminds the viewer of the discordant
ideas of nurture and humiliation.
Ann Wood currently lives and works in Galveston, Texas. She received her BFA from California State
University in 1996 and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999. She has
exhibited her works across Texas, including at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, the Dallas Center
for Contemporary Arts, the Galveston Arts Center, the Station Museum in Houston and Women and
Their Work in Austin, Texas and Art Museum of South Texas in Beaumont, Texas. She received the
Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award to Artists from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2002.
|DEATHBEDS| ANN WOOD
January 13 - February 17, 2017
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Shroud ,2016. artificial flowers,artificial grass, puffy paint, glitter,poured plastic.
8 x 5 x 2.5 feet