wendy wischer

escaping gravity

nov 30 - feb 16 2016

Art Basel Opening Reception: Monday, November 30 | 6-10pm

The Screening Room is proud to present Escaping Gravity, a new body of work by Wendy Wischer.  With these three new pieces, a sculpture, a video and a multi-media installation, Wischer turns her focus more directly to nature, reflecting poetically on our surroundings, the cycle of life, as well as the major signals of our current environmental issues.

“Wischer's dreamlike projections take the viewer on a sort of a cosmological, sensual and metaphysical journey. Her multi-sensory environment is concerned with the crossroads of nature, technology, science, mythology and personal identity.  She integrates an intense laborious craft with technology-oriented devices in order to create references to spatial planetary landscapes beyond our daily experience […] Fascinated by the conflicting and magical realms between the physical and the imaginary, Wischer brings together two approaches to matter—the physical and the conceptual—while fusing the material and the immaterial. Her spectacular works thus provoke philosophical and spiritual thoughts.” (Tami Katz-Freiman, excerpts from “Wendy Wischer Goes to Winnipeg,” Small Format, ArtCenter/South Florida, May-June, 2015.)

Escaping Gravity represents fragments of Wischer’s journey to free herself from gravitational pulls, both physical and emotional.  Through the use of sound and video mapping, one mound of rocks sits on the floor and the other suspends from the ceiling, mimicking cairns or path markers.  With these mounds defying gravity as if on another plane, Wischer explores her shifting relationship with nature and with herself.  To complement, a haunting video explores notions of shifting landscapes and a sculptural piece questions the possibility of reversing an oil spill.  With this new body of work, Wischer finds herself at a crossroads, confronting gravity’s pull. 

Wendy Wischer: Born in Wisconsin 1971, a former long time resident of Miami, lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the recipient of numerous grants including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the South Florida Consortium, the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts Fellowship and recently several prominent research grants from the University of Utah where she is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture Intermedia.  Wendy has exhibited extensively nationally, and her international shows include Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Italy and Israel.  Her work is part of several public collections including the Perez Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami, a permanent outdoor installation with Art in Public Places Miami Beach, and The Boca Museum of Art.