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I Found Your Note

Ayse Wilson

185 Varick Street

April 25 – May 31, 2019

an installation view of Ayse Wilson's solo exhibition featuring large paintings.

I Found Your Note, Ayse Wilson, 2019, Installation view 

an installation view of Ayse Wilson's solo exhibition featuring large paintings.

I Found Your Note, Ayse Wilson, 2019, Installation view 

an installation view of Ayse Wilson's solo exhibition featuring large paintings.

I Found Your Note, Ayse Wilson, 2019, Installation view 

A painting by Ayse Wilson depicting a couple playing tennis

Ayse Wilson

Mixed Doubles, 2019

Acrylic on panel

16h x 20w in

A painting by Ayse Wilson depicting a group of six people with hollowed black eyes singing in a choir

Ayse Wilson

Chorus, 2019

Oil on canvas

60h x 60w in

A painting by Ayse Wilson depicting a man playing tennis from the opposite side of the court with a net in front of him

Ayse Wilson

Tennis Guy, 2019

Acrylic on panel

16h x 20w in

A painting by Ayse Wilson depicting a a group of five school aged boys in striped shirts in front of a swimming pool. The middle boy is dipping his toe in the water

Ayse Wilson

You Go First, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 60w in

A painting by Ayse Wilson depicting three abstracted flowers. They're neon orange in front of patchy grass and a blue sky.

Ayse Wilson

Chunky Flowers I, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

24h x 24w in

Press Release

 
Geary is pleased to present I Found Your Note , a solo exhibition of paintings by Ayse Wilson. Wilson presents a new body of work committed to the journey of identity from childhood to the adult experience. Through her work, Wilson is in search of innocuous but foundational childhood experiences that have a lasting impact on identity.
 
 
Works like 'Chorus' with ghostly faces and rich pale hues recall familiar imagery from the memory palace and collective feelings of childhood innocence.  Ayse’s paintings present a certain stillness and anxiety that emerges out of the mischief and play that her subjects engage with in the work: a match of doubles tennis, a group of apprehensive swimmers, and a singing choir are all among the these muted scenes presented in I Found Your Note.
 
 
Rereading a children’s book or singing a particular song ignites an early memory: Wilson reminds herself that she is the same person now as when she was five years old, just a little older. 
 
 
Ayse Wilson is a Turkish-American artist who lives and works in New York City. Her work draws from memory and emotion to remind viewers of youth, innocence and the timeless space we occupy when we are young. She creates lively and childlike characters, finding inspiration in the works of early Italian Renaissance masters such as Fra Angelico. Wilson graduated from Wellesley College in 1991, and pursued her education in Florence. She received her MFA at New York Academy of Art then worked as a painting assistant to Jeff Koons for two years. She is also represented by the Pg Art Gallery in Istanbul.