The Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College is pleased to present FABRICATIONS s a solo exhibition by Brian Wiggins Running from October 27th through December 7th. The opening reception is on October 27th from 5 – 6:30pm and will feature remarks by the artist at 5:30pm.
In the mid-90’s Brian Wiggins was diagnosed with Pigmentary Dispersion Syndrome, a potential precursor to glaucoma. This rare genetic disorder became fuel to engage abstraction from a different angle where he could approach the experience of color and form as structures without a fixed foundation. The result is static experience that appears continually in flux.
Wiggins’ colorful geometric abstractions possesses an uncharacteristically painterly quality. Although the nature of the work is linear, he thinks of each line as a distinct shape shouldering an adjacent form. By employing seemingly unrelated colors, he disrupts any potential harmony or organization to explore the spaces between colors. When we focus on the boundary, we find that solid forms are destabilized, exposing the fallibility of perception.
Brian Wiggins (USA, 1965) lives and works in Eastern Pennsylvania. He attended Westark Community College (University of Arkansas, Fort Smith) before transferring to Memphis College of Art, graduating in 1989. Group shows include I’m So Glad I’m Just Like You!, in 2021; Plain and Fancy, at the Painting Center, in NYC, 2020; Great Expectations, at Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, PA; Special FX, at Susquehanna Art Museum, PA; How to Forget What You’ve Seen, at Lockhart Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, NYC and Refugee Reading Room, curated by Amze Emmons, Space 1026, PA, in 2011, and Mutual Theft, Two Person Show, Presented by Gisela Projects at Residency Unlimited, NY, NY