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Alexandra Phillips

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: Wish You Were Here, 2017, postcards, 4.25 x 6 inches. Courtesy of Wave Hill and the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen. 

Alexandra Phillips altered postcards available from The Shop at Wave Hill to provide for visitors a portable experience of site. Cutting a circular hole out of each card, Phillips created a viewfinder within the landscape. The pile of postcards, a sculptural, three-dimensional stack, is presented as a take-away art piece, but can be experienced as a singular work when the visitor takes a card. Stamped with the simple phrase “Wish you were here,” these works allow for simultaneous, visual experiences, as well as serving as a memento of Wave Hill’s site.

Temp Work
Sunroom Project Space | September 6–October 12
Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow 

 Temp Work, 2014, floral foam, cardboard and plaster, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

For Alexandra Phillips’ exhibition in the Sunroom, she has installed several platforms made of Oasis floral foam for viewers to tread across, permanently marking the delicate material. Phillips directs viewers to take note of the infrastructure on which the natural depends, not only in her installation, but also in Wave Hill at large. In light of her interest in signs of wear, she will also be presenting new sculptures inspired by potholes. These urban annoyances take on a greater significance as portals into the structure of the city, revealing the way it’s built up at the very moment of its failure.

Relying on the recovery of urban detritus, Phillips’ practice pays exacting attention to the wear and tear of daily use. Fondly working these materials into forms that echo traditional sculpture, she seeks to heighten our awareness of the immediate environment, whether in parking lots or public gardens. As a 2014 Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow, Alexandra Phillips participated in Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace, investigating her interests in labor, impermanence, and sculptural form.

Temp Work, 2014, floral foam, cardboard and plaster, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.