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Alexandra Phillips

Alexandra Phillips
Temp Work
Sunroom Project Space | September 6–October 12
Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow | 2014

 

Pictured above: Temp Work, 2014, floral foam, cardboard and plaster, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit 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.

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

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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