November 21 — December 31, 2015
box, boxing, boxed
Austin based artist W. Tucker’s drawings tell two stories; one is of the materials he works on, found materials such as book covers, paper or wood; the second is the idiosyncratic cast of characters he draws onto these materials. In addition to the two-dimensional work, Tucker will work in situ (on site), spending three to five days and nights, drawing and painting directly onto the gallery walls.
Several large box formations made from drywall will also fill the installation. Used as an analogy to humankind, the artist’s choice of drywall as a material implies a certain strength, and yet, is capable of breaking. Drawn from childhood memories of his mother sitting at the kitchen table, talking on the phone, doodling boxes, the sculptures are less portraits and more indications of human experience and memory. Tucker writes, “We devise, discover, develop ways to stay strong, centered, together, happy, sane in life... and then, we may break... and patch ourselves back together.”
A recent transplant to Texas from Los Angeles, W. Tucker received his B.F.A. from New York University in 1982. Exhibitions since 2007 include; Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, The Fallout Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA and Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY. This will be the third one-person exhibition of W. Tucker’s work at Conduit Gallery.