C.K. Wilde | Temper
All the Pretty Horses, 2015 (CW15 14). Bottlecaps, plastic & copper wire, maps, pennies & BBs on plastic & metal horses, vinyl mirrors, wood Chinese frame holders, right angle mirror, metal postcard, sound s.
Gallant in their splendor and poignant in their candor, the paintings, sculptures and collages range in subject matter from majestic horses and myths of fallen heroes to historical exploits in foreign lands. Bottlecap covered sculptures, currency rearranged into collages of Greek figures, maps layered around depictions of dictators, a rotating wingcapped bronze figure and coins providing armor on various forms all come together in the lastest exhibition titled Temper.
Mercury Invents the Caduceus, 2015 (CW15 10). Currency collage on museum board, framed.
A Rise, detail, 2010. Cast bronze, patina, sand, table.
Materiality, weight & texture are explored, as the deconstruction & recontextualizing of the materials grant Wilde freedom to transform symbols of power, greed, and colonization into objects of cautious storytelling and critique. The discards of the past are unearthed and thus repurposed in new ways and new contexts. Here, erudite understandings of the past give way to endless possibilities for the future.
C.K. Wilde lives and works in Los Angeles.
C.K. Wilde has works in collections of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt; Boston Athenaeum; Houghton Art Library, Harvard University; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Museum of Art; Clark Library, UCLA; University of California, Santa Barbara; SFMOMA; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; and Victoria + Albert Museum Library, London. He has also exhibited internationally in Frankfort, Beijing, London and Paris.