This two-person exhibition explores the nature of parenthood and childhood in relation to the non-familial world. After the birth of the artists’ son in 2008, both began exploring through their work the American paradoxical relationship to its children: a society that on the one hand lauds family as the core of all social values and on the other resists supporting the needs of working parents and childhood education, while also spawning significant environmental and social crises that future generations stand to inherit.
Using unconventional materials and approaches, including collaboration and performance, David Wilson creates large temporary artworks, videos, and drawings. Wilson has shown his work internationally at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstlerhaus Boswil in Switzerland, the Experimental Art Foundation and Performance Space in Australia, the Robert McDougal Gallery in New Zealand, and the Center for Icelandic Art, Reykjavik. For this exhibition, he will create a site-specific installation in the University Gallery.