February 9, 2015
Shane Wilson and The Artist Project Announce Partnership
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia/Whitehorse, Yukon – Acclaimed sculptor Shane Wilson and The Artist Project (TAP) announce today they have formed a partnership to market Wilson’s one of a kind sculpture, “Ahead of the Curves.”
“I am very excited to work with The Artist Project team as I move my career to a new level,” says Wilson. “I want to dedicate time to creating and bringing my vision to life; having a team to look after the marketing and business side of things is a huge advantage moving forward. “
The partnership will focus initially on Wilson’s new piece, ‘Ahead of the Curves’. This intricate sculpture is the first in a series of works Wilson has envisioned creating for more than two decades. It’s a delicately carved 'weaving' of moose antler, a process that requires experimentation, exploration and vision to complete.
Due to the unique nature of the art, TAP will develop an interactive web site, detailing the rich evolution of ‘Ahead of the Curves’. The site will offer a rare invitation into the world of Wilson’s imagination, through story, images, technique and interviews.
“‘Ahead of the Curves’ represents a new direction for me. It’s not a commissioned piece, but one born from imagination,” says Wilson. “As it evolves, it challenges me to experiment with new techniques which can be very demanding yet, at same time, creative, absorbing and satisfying.”
“We have admired Shane’s work for a long time and we are thrilled to be working with him on this project,” says Susan Stanley, President of TAP. “Shane creates exquisite one of a kind sculpture from a medium that is uniquely northern, and it’s a real privilege for us to help him showcase his art.”
Wilson’s work (http://www.shanewilson.com) can be found in luxury hotels, including the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, government buildings, corporate offices and private collections around the world.
A fresh close up was posted each day, first to Instagram, then shared to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Everyone who guessed correctly and posted the name of the sculpture, with the link to it on my Gallery Page, was entered into the monthly draw. Individuals could post answers on any platform.
It was a lot of fun, with great participation, comments and, for myself, a chance to look closely again at a significant portion of my work.
There were two winners, one for each month. For their prize, they chose from amongst the items on my Nuvango.com page: prints, canvases, cards or device skins. Both winners chose fine art prints.
November winner, Jeanné Fox, chose the fine art print, ’Seahorses’ from Nuvango. She enthused upon receiving her prize, “I’m in love with your ‘Seahorses’ and will treasure the print!”
December winner, Phil Tillotson (at the Centre Pompidou, France) chose the fine art print, ‘Black Bear 2’ from Nuvango.
On receiving his prize, Phil commented on Facebook, “There's an amazing new piece on our walls today thanks to my very talented friend Shane Wilson. Stands alone as a bronze black bear skull and from ten feet away takes on an Art Neuveaux flair! Thank you Shane - brilliant as always!”
Thank you once again to all who took part!
It is time to reaffirm made art as objects of human value, as something good, something fine. It is time to restore beauty, transcendence and timelessness to objects made, artfully sprung from the human soul.
Doing so serves a larger purpose: it restores a sense of hope for the future; a resolve to move past the impending apocalypse caused by our collective weight and waste on the planet.
To make a better way.
Richard Thomas Scott distinguishes the intention of Post Contemporary from the current scene,
“Since ‘Contemporary Art’ is defined as: Art which owes its foundation to post-modernism, and whose concepts focus primarily on transient issues of the present moment - as opposed to simply "art being created within our lifetime"...
Then Post Contemporary is a separate paradigm whose primary concepts address the timeless, eternal, and the human condition.
In contrast with the pre-modernists, i.e. before the 20th century, the post contemporary is concerned with re-constructing meaningful traditions, that were deconstructed in the post-modern paradigm... not necessarily in the same form as before, but drawing upon an unprecedented access to knowledge of every era in history.
Though it draws upon the traditions of the past and is in continuity with the past, it is forward-looking.”
He goes on to explain that, “’Post contemporary’ is not owned or originated by any individual. It is ... a philosophically driven paradigm shift within which many movements may take place - like modernism and post-modernism before it.”
As a beginning Graydon Parrish suggests that Post Contemporary Art consist of the following broad attributes:
1. Skill - “Contemporary art erased skill. It is vital to Post Contemporary.”
2. Beauty - “While it is difficult to find a universal beauty that will satisfy everyone, it does no good to erase the word. We all have experienced it and we understand the difference between it and ugliness. Furthermore, beauty can be a perspective. One can approach the world seeking it and find it in unexpected places.”
3. Humanism - “The outlook that people are valuable. Empathy comes to mind as well.”
4. Creativity - “Creativity suggests vitality, not negativity. A nihilistic work isn't creative but rather destructive. One can certainly express dissatisfaction with the world through art, but merely reflecting what is bad is not enough.”
5. Communication - “Vagueness as a rule is unacceptable to Post Contemporary art.”
Graydon thinks of these five attributes as starting points. He hopes they bring “lots of debate.”
Tim Lawry roughs in new lighting and receptacles for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.
Custom-made french doors for the studio, under construction.
Tim Lawry, TJ Lawry Construction, works on french doors for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.
Talking about some of the materials used in my carved sculpture.
A proudly crafted coil pot.
Hard at work adding texture to a flattened coil.
A colourful star fish created with multicoloured plastercine.