Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the ...
Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—August 19, 2012
Gary Carsley’s installation of IKEA furniture is lined and covered with composite images made up of pictures gathered from successive visits to Wave Hill’s Wild Garden over the past year. In his digital process, various tonal values of the source photographs are substituted with faux wood grain patterns in a range of colors so that the finished image looks like inlaid wood, similar to intarsia. His manipulation and reconfiguration of garden views parallel the artifice of the garden. Carsley engages in a dialogue with nature by producing its unnatural simulation, creating images that the artist describes as “karaoke’d photographs.” This mimicry extends to the way that the artist has “landscaped” the pieces of furniture to suggest the topography of the Wild Garden, bringing the representation of the exterior garden into the interior domestic space. These concepts relate to the ideas of the influential nineteenth-century garden designer William Robinson, whose writings about the wild garden paralleled the rise of the British Arts and Crafts movement, which likewise emphasized the link between beauty and utility.
Carsley’s modular furniture installations representing gardens have appeared in galleries, museums and art fairs around the world. He has exhibited at Breenspace, Sydney; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Kunstverein in Hamburg; the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Carsley is represented by Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York, NY. He received an MFA from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
D.100 Wave Hill (Tree Struck by Lightning), 2012
Lambda monoprint on IKEA PAX two-door wardrobe, Gilbert chairs and Frosta stool
93” x 60” x 70”
Courtesy of the artist and Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.