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VOLTA NY 2020

Booth 1.4

Metropolitan West ||| 639 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

4-8 March 2020

PAUL VILLINSKI, Ember, 2020

PAUL VILLINSKI

Ember, 2020

electric guitar; aluminum (found cans); wire; soot; enamel

45h x 16w x 7d in

PAUL VILLINSKI, Ember (detail), 2020

PAUL VILLINSKI

Ember (detail), 2020

electric guitar; aluminum (found cans); wire; soot; enamel

45h x 16w x 7d in

PAUL VILLINSKI, Conjure, 2016

PAUL VILLINSKI

Conjure, 2016

wood, aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe

50h x 39w x 11d in

PAUL VILLINSKI Burst, 2013

PAUL VILLINSKI
Burst, 2013
found Vinyl LP records, wire
installation and dimensions variable

PAUL VILLINSKI, Essence, 2019

PAUL VILLINSKI

Essence, 2019

Aluminum (found cans), steel, rivets, enamel

72.50h x 48w x 48d in

PAUL VILLINSKI, Ghost, 2014

PAUL VILLINSKI

Ghost, 2014

aluminum (found cans), wire, acrylic paint

80 x 80 x 9 inches

PAUL VILLINSKI Ghost [detail], 2014

PAUL VILLINSKI
Ghost [detail], 2014
aluminum (found cans), wire, acrylic paint
80 x 80 x 9 inches

PAUL VILLINSKI Ghost [detail], 2014

PAUL VILLINSKI
Ghost [detail], 2014
aluminum (found cans), wire, acrylic paint
80 x 80 x 9 inches

PAUL VILLINSKI Ghost [detail], 2014

PAUL VILLINSKI
Ghost [detail], 2014
aluminum (found cans), wire, acrylic paint
80 x 80 x 9 inches

PAUL VILLINSKI Threnody, 2012

PAUL VILLINSKI
Threnody, 2012
site specific installation
violin, aluminum (found cans), stainless steel wire, soot
47 x 28.5 x 28 inches [diptych]
by commission

PAUL VILLINSKI Feather, 2017

PAUL VILLINSKI
Feather, 2017
aluminum (found cans), wire
79 x 37 x 6 inches

PAUL VILLINSKI, Feather [detail], 2017

PAUL VILLINSKI

Feather [detail], 2017

aluminum (found cans), wire

79h x 37w x 6d in

PAUL VILLINSKI, Feather [detail], 2017

PAUL VILLINSKI

Feather [detail], 2017

aluminum (found cans), wire

79h x 37w x 6d in

PAUL VILLINSKI, Feather [detail], 2017

PAUL VILLINSKI

Feather [detail], 2017

aluminum (found cans), wire

79h x 37w x 6d in

PAUL VILLINSKI Memo: Twilight

PAUL VILLINSKI
Memo: Twilight
aluminum (found cans), wire, brass, Flashe paint
10 butterfly box set, dimensions variable

PAUL VILLINSKI Memo: Sun

PAUL VILLINSKI
Memo: Sun
aluminum (found cans), wire, brass, gold leaf
10 butterfly box set, dimensions variable

PAUL VILLINSKI Memo: Night, 2016

PAUL VILLINSKI
Memo: Night, 2016
aluminum (found cans), wire, brass, soot
10 butterfly box set, dimensions variable

PAUL VILLINSKI Memo: Palladium, 2016

PAUL VILLINSKI
Memo: Palladium, 2016
aluminum (found cans), wire, brass, white gold leaf
10 butterfly box set, dimensions variable

Information

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is at VOLTA NY this year, showcasing the artwork of Paul Villinski. The art fair will be at Metropolitan West (639 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036) and will run from 4-8 March 2020.

 

P A U L   V I L L I N S K I 

PAUL VILLINSKI has created studio and large-scale artworks for more than three decades. Villinski was born in York, Maine, USA, in 1960, son of an Air Force navigator. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. A scenic route through the educational system included stops at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Massachusetts College of Art, and a BFA with honors from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1984. He lives with his partner, the painter Amy Park, and their son, Lark, in their studios in Long Island City, NY.

 

His work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally. A mid-career retrospective, “Farther,” is currently on view at The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA, through July, 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include “Paul Villinski: Burst” at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX and “Passage: A Special Installation,” at the Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin. Recent group shows include “Material Transformations” at the Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL; “Re: Collection,” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; “Making Mends,” at the Bellevue Museum of Arts, Bellevue, WA; and “Prospect .1,” an international Biennial in New Orleans, LA. “Emergency Response Studio,” a FEMA trailer transformed into an off-the-grid mobile artist’s studio, was the subject of a solo exhibition at Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX; the exhibition also travelled to Ballroom Marfa, in Marfa, TX; Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT; and the trailer was featured in the New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas for the New City”, in New York, NY.

 

Villinski’s work is widely collected, including major public works created by commission. “SkyCycles,” three full-scale “flying bicycles” was installed at “Ocean Breeze,” a new Parks and Recreation Track and Field facility, through the New York City Percent for Art Program. The City of New Haven Percent for Art Program commissioned “Dreamdesk,” a flying school desk with 18’ wingspan which was installed at the entrance to the East Rock Magnet School in 2014. Permanent collections include the National Soaring Museum, Elmira, NY; the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA; Miami International Airport; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; and the University of Michigan Mott Children’s and Von Voitlander Women’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. Corporate collections include Fidelity Investments; Microsoft; Progressive Insurance; the Cleveland Clinic; ADP; McCann Erickson International; New York Life; Ritz-Carlton and many others. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Serenbe Institute, GA; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; the Millay Colony, NY; the Ucross Foundation, WY; the Djerassi Foundation, CA; and the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, CA. He is represented in New York by Morgan Lehman Gallery; in New Orleans by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery; in Jackson Hole, Wyoming by Tayloe Piggot Gallery; and in Palm Desert, California, by Austin Art Projects.

 

His work has frequently been reviewed in periodicals including ARTnews; Artforum; Art in America; Sculpture; Interior Design; Design Bureau; New York Magazine; ID; The New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; Houston Chronicle; International Herald Tribune; Village Voice; Seattle Times; New Haven Register; Toronto Star; Times-Picayune and many others. A monograph on the artist’s work will be published by Vivant Books in November, 2018.

 

A pilot of sailplanes, paragliders and single-engine airplanes, metaphors of flight and soaring often appear in his work. With a lifelong concern for environmental issues, his work frequently re-purposes discarded materials, effecting surprising and poetic transformations.

 

The artist says of his source material:

 

I have a relationship with Sure We Can, a reclamation center started and staffed by homeless "Canners" in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  All the aluminum cans have come from them for last several years. We had to convince the canners to collect the crushed cans, as these cans can't be redeemed for deposit and are truly worthless. I pay the canners more than the going rate for the cans, and have donated an installation which is installed in the facility. The future of Sure We Can is in jeopardy as the lot it's on is for sale.