Seattle, WA - Treason Gallery is pleased to announce it’s March solo exhibition, Crystal Wagner: NEXUS. Opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 1st from 6pm-9pm during the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.
Crystal Wagner’s work is one part ethereal and one part imaginative. Using a process deeply rooted in her instinctual reactions to space and environments, Wagner creates biological “growths” out of mixed mediums of non-organic materials. As naturally as vines overgrow the surfaces they interact with, Wagner’s bioforms seem to have a life of their own. Her works evoke a unique mix of feelings, with their combination of exotic ecological familiarity and natural beauty.
NEXUS will consist of Wagner’s newest body of work, created exclusively for her Pacific Northwest debut at Treason Gallery. The new works are consistent with the palettes found regionally: blue and green tones that splash across hand cut sculpture. Wagner’s primary medium is Legion Paper, which she hand paints prior to constructing her bioforms. Wagner will also debut her highly anticipated site-specific installation constructed inside the gallery space. The installation will encourage viewers to consider their place in the surrounding environments in which they interact. Over the course of two weeks, the installation will “grow” to completion prior to opening reception. NEXUS seeks to be an interactive and thought provoking exhibit for all who attend.
“With my installation work, I am exploring these ideas specifically as they relate to people and their physical sense of space in the modern world with a consideration of natural forms and structures based in nature. As a result of people spending more time immersed in the technological landscapes, consumed by their screens and digital spaces, their physical sense of self has been replaced by a binary one. Flat. I call this anomaly technological glaucoma. This has implications that are both psychological and physical. The installation pieces are hybrids between organic and manufactured worlds. They examine these ideas through the use of everyday, recycled materials that grow in the spaces that house them.“ - Crystal Wagner