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INCIDENT NO.6: Mandolyn Wilson
January 14 -February 14 2008 

For this project, I tried to take advantage of a couple of the unique aspects of the storefront space of Incident Report to maximize on an idea I’d already been working with: asserting paintings’ surroundings in an exhibition context, and using the strategies of camouflage to blend discrete paintings into larger phenomena.  I have spent some time researching the patterns of World-War-I-era naval camouflage, in particular the geometric, cubism-derived Dazzle Painting of the British Royal Navy, developed by Norman Wilkinson.  I like Dazzle Painting’s audacity as a type of camouflage that served not to hide the vessels painted with it, but to brazenly confuse the enemy as to their exact position and direction.  With these ideas in mind, I decided to create an environment where the paintings on display aim to confound the passerby as to their intent and availability.  I was more interested in obfuscating the boundary between painting and venue rather than offering up independent objects.  Incident Report has a built-in bilateral near-symmetry of which I am most fond and on which I based my overall design.  I found that the reflections of the street also aided the fragmentation and confused orientation I was after.

Mandolyn Wilson is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn.  She received an MFA in painting from Bard College in 2007 and a BFA in photography from Cornell University in 1996.  You can see more of her work at www.mandolynwilson.com.



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