Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patterns of Intelligence

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patterns of Intelligence

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Guy Angelo Wilson's drawings at Elliot Smith are handsome and intelligent. From far away, they look like old-master studies of the anatomy, especially the human head. Up close, you find that the drawings are patterns of the kind used to cut out material for garments and hats. Often, there is a correspondence -- views of the head from various perspectives, for example, on a pattern for a hat. But even when such an easy relationship is not stated, there is the interesting and pervasive juxtaposition of the unpredictable human body and the rigid predictability of the pattern.

In an interesting twist, Wilson has created an installation made from rigid cardboard boxes that have been soaked, then bound with wire, and filled with plaster to steady them. Called "Just Containers," these forms, made with the most ordinary of materials, become a small community of enormously expressive figures.

There is a certain Japaneseness in their postures, and without going too far out in imagining, the figures looked like a Kabuki drama dance sequence. …

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