Paul Wackers
Better Days, 2017
Oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
60 x 72 in (152.40 x 182.88 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Stop Making Sense, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in (91.44 x 76.20 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Palms, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in (91.44 x 76.20 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Make Monuments of Peace, 2017
Oil, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 in (152.40 x 127 cm)
Paul Wackers
Yellow Belly, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 in (152.40 x 127 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Witchface, 2017
Fired ceramic, acrylic paint
8h x 6w x 4d in (20.32h x 15.24w x 10.16d cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Cells, 2017
Fired ceramic, oil paint, ink
12 1/4h x 15w x 15d in (31.12h x 38.10w x 38.10d cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Window Art, 2017
Under glaze fired ceramic
10h x 6 1/2w x 6 1/2d in (25.40h x 16.51w x 16.51d cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Scribbles, 2017
Crayon, fired ceramic
8h x 7w x 4d in (20.32h x 17.78w x 10.16d cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Summer Relief, 2017
Ceramic
14 1/4h x 16w x 3d in (36.20h x 40.64w x 7.62d cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Productivity Reports, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in (91.44 x 76.20 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Slow Reflex, 2017
Oil, acrylic on canvas
48 x 40 in (121.92 x 101.60 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Personal Best, 2017
Oil, acrylic on canvas
48 x 40 in (121.92 x 101.60 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Cold Got Hot, 2017
Oil, acrylic on canvas
48 x 40 in (121.92 x 101.60 cm)
 
Paul Wackers
Untitled, 2017
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
72 x 180 in (182.88 x 457.20 cm)
 

Paul Wackers

Early Settlers

May 11 – June 17, 2017

Morgan Lehman Gallery is pleased to present Early Settlers, Paul Wackers’ third solo show with the gallery.

 

Paul Wackers’ work provides a glimpse into an intimate world, where objects and abstractions coalesce into personal and historical narratives. Through the juxtaposition of natural and synthetic textures and objects both mundane and iconic, Wackers’ work acts as both a record of his own domestic routine and surroundings, and as a lens into collective human experience and historical change.  Here the everyday and the universal find equal footing in their distillation into singular, evocative artifacts.

 

For Wackers, the title Early Settlers reflects exploration into uncharted territory. These works chronicle a personal and social search for new anchors, networks, and connections amidst a vast and chaotic unknown. Landscapes of irregular perspectives, fragmented objects, and enigmatic rooms present unexpected barriers to entry and understanding. Here is a fully contemporary world, wherein changes in the global political and social climate call into question even the most mundane details of life. The objects are everyday, but when re-contextualized in ambiguous settings, they suggest instability, separation, and uncertainty.

 

These environments, though, are by no means closed off or hopeless. A persistent sense of playfulness reminds us of the moments of joy in the everyday. In many cases, the presence of the natural world offers access to spaces of calm--a clearing in the dark woods, a literal or metaphorical light--and the continued existence of both physical and mental solace is reaffirmed, even if hope feel momentarily out of reach. 

 

Paul Wackers was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978. He graduated with his BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC with a degree in Fine Arts, and earned his MFA in Paintings from the San Francisco Art Institute. Wackers has exhibited nationally and internationally in Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Peru, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY.

 

He completed a large-scale public mural for The James Hotel (New York, NY) and has been featured in Paper Magazine, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, New American Painting, and Art Practical. He was a visiting artist lecturer at Brooklyn College, and has participated in residencies at Byrdcliffe Guild (Woodstock, NY) and the Nordic Artist’s Centre Dale (Sunnfjord, Norway). In 2009, he won the Tournesol Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), and was a SECA award finalist.

 

His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Chevron Corporation (San Ramon, CA), Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA), Wellington Management (Boston, MA), New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY), University of Texas Southwest Medical Center (Dallas, TX), and the West Collection (Oaks, PA).