The installation is made from the purple floral imagery found on un-branded, generic plastic bags as a response to the urban environment and consumer culture of Queens and life in NYC. In addition, this solo project includes several constructed bags with the same imagery to allow viewers to see the material in its original form. The gallery is open to the public during viewing hours and there will be a virtual walkthrough of the space and artist’s Q&A on January 23, 2021 at 2 pm to allow any viewers who are unable to see the installation in person to experience it digitally.
Celeste Wilson received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Brooklyn College. Her work lies at the intersection of investigation, material, and deconstruction. Recent exhibitions include The Waste Land at Nicelle Beauchene (NY, NY), and Playground at BRIC (Brooklyn, NY), and Uncanny Melodies, at HiLo Gallery (Catskill, NY). She has received fellowships at the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts (2013) and the Vermont Studio Center (2017), UrbanGlass (2017), Mass MoCA (2019), The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Pilchuck Glass School (both forthcoming). Wilson currently lives and works in Queens, New York.
This project is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.