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NLS Presents 'Lagan' with Wilmer Wilson IV

Lagan - a solo exhibition by Wlimer Wilson IV

In a contemporary exploration of the age old adage one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, the New Local Space (NLS) will be presenting a visual reading of Kingston and Washington DC through its “submerged cargo”, its discarded elements. Dubbed Lagan, the exhibition is a presentation of recent works by Wilmer Wilson IV who as created through his summer residency at NLS.

“This exhibition of new work is an attempt to retrieve and organize some of the submerged cargo of the street, the neighborhood, and the city,” said the release put forward by NLS. Lagan will feature scavenged bits of the city’s flotsam including found wood and paper ephemera as well as staples that are arranged to create a conversation about the space.

“The fragmented, fractured physical qualities of the scavenged elements recede when placed into assemblies and collections,” the release explained, noting that these elements often deemed as signs of blight and decay can proffer deeper meaning. “Flyers within an archive begin to talk to one another and reveal their shared and multifaceted value.”

Lagan opens on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:00pm and will continue through to August 13, 2013, when the art exhibition will close. Wilson’s residency, a KickStarter funded project, is NLS’ first summer residency. Wilson is based in Washington DC and his work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC, USA), the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (NY, USA) and VOLTA Art Fair (NY, USA). In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Strathmore Hall (MD, USA) and in 2012 he was commissioned to complete a suite of 3 public performances, collectively titled Henry 'Box' Brown: FOREVER, for the 5x5 Temporary Public Art Biennale in Washington, DC.

NLS, located on Mountain View Avenue, is an artist-run contemporary visual art initiative in Kingston which encourages and facilitates experimentation and collaboration among artists.