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BRUCE WILHELM
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PAINTINGS/ PROPS/ INTERMEDIARIES

 
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60,16x20" acrylic and mixed media on canvas, approx: 214 x 108", 2015

BRUCE WILHELM

Paintings/ Props/ Intermediaries

ADA Gallery is pleased to present "Paintings/Props/Intermediaries," an exhibition of new works by artist Bruce Wilhelm presented as a wall of sixty equally-sized paintings laid out in a symmetrical grid.

This new installation of works is a continuation of Wilhelm's interest in presenting groupings of his paintings as compendiums of visual puns rife with double meanings and re-purposed contexts searching for the accidental rhyme, the lost thread, or the forgotten punch-line. All the works can stand alone as independent works but viewed together they work with and against one another to produce new intersecting lines of thought and visual challenges for the viewer to assemble in the mind. This set of works addresses the eye's processes of scansion as one reads the wall as if perusing an anthropological collection, an appendix, or almanac of scrambled samplings of American life and mass media, mixing the hand-rendered with intimations of the world of mass reproduced images. His varied stratagems on display are a collage of thought processes that include foam pasted graphics torn from reference, incidental snapshots without context, faux science textbook detail images, absurdist takes on figuration, and vague graphic design concepts gone astray.

These paintings can be seen here as 'props'-- objects that serve as propositions or proposals for concepts and a multiplicity of personas or artistic identities. They serve as intermediaries of a kind between the artist and his desire for role-play-- the task of the painter he seems to suggest here is to engage oneself in a constantly shape-shifting survey of identities, formal strategies, art historical perspectives, personas, and invented personal histories that question the orthodoxies of the 'presentation' of artistic identity as a coherent, easily readable subjectivity.

 

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Variation (Pink Prop)(75), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Peculiars (Digital Orange, Face)(73), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Terrain (Bark) (40), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Scenes (Tunnel Under the Power Plant) (13), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Holder Variation (Memoir) (56), 16x20, Mixed Media, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Scenes (Radiation, Pink Dogwood) (19), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm
Nubian Pyramids (65), 16x20, Mixed Media, 2015

ADA Gallery #ada gallery ADA RICHMOND VIRGINIA Bruce Wilhelm

Scenes (Uncle Sam Hobo) (14), 16x20, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
 
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