Reception: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Artist: Jay Wilkinson
Fort Works Art (FWA) is thrilled to present the much anticipated first
ever Solo Exhibition by local artist artist Jay Wilkinson running from June 28 - July 29, 2017.
Entitled everyone poops , this show is comprised of over twenty original oil paintings that have
been described by the artist as a series of “indirect portraits.” Painted in Wilkinson’s distinctive
style -- a striking collision between realistic figurative painting and abstract composition -- each
painting is based on an unstaged photograph from a family member or friend. Wilkinson’s work
is both gentle and haunting and reveals the human dynamics that exist in all of our lives. A
product of divorce, Wilkinson elicits the raw human emotion that shows up in our worlds when
“everything is fine”. Balancing humor, tragedy, rebirth and beauty these works will resonate with
the viewer the understanding of the complexities that exist for us all. This intensity of the artist
is counterbalanced with the lighthearted nature of the exhibition’s title, which is based on the
book read to him as a small boy by his mother. Wilkinson’s bold depictions bring this
juxtaposition to the forefront and allow the viewer to enter the works and experience the
emotional complexities that exist within them.
Atypical in their execution, the works stray from the traditional models of portraiture and its soft,
romanticized ideals of beauty. Instead, Wilkinson plays up the sharp and assaulting lighting of
the images from which each painting is based while also giving a deep poignancy to the
negative space present in each as a means to explore the notion of the universality of human
flaw within the the complex and complicated dynamic of familial structures. Revealing the
honesty captured in the strange, kind, silly, or uncomfortable “accidental moments,” the works
serve to humanize each situation making their emotion and symbolism recognizable and
accessible to the viewer.
A Fort Worth native, Wilkinson has gained a following for his singular style and has garnered a
reputation within the community for his collaborative spirit. With his intrepid attitude, Wilkinson
has shirked a traditional and academically-minded approach to his art making in favor of a more
visceral and emotional aesthetic, stating “I didn’t get all this way to do it their way.” In
announcing the show, FWA founder and curator Lauren Childs commented “Wilkinson is the
perfect example of what it looks like to exist and work as an artist in Fort Worth, Texas. He is
more than an artist in our community. He has curated exhibitions of an exceptional quality,
completed a residency that went beyond the limits, and rallied a group of artists to follow in the
path he is blazing. His dedication to being both an artist and an advocate is what makes him the
perfect fit for Fort Works Art”
everyone poops runs June 28 - July 29, 2017 at Fort Works Art and will include an exclusive
Opening Night Reception as well as a moderated evening of conversation with the artist. For
more information, visit www.fortworksart.com.
Los Fantasmas Ambulantes
Exhibition on Display: June 28 - July 29, 2017
Reception: July 1, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Artists: John Carlisle Moore, Elizabeth Bowie, Byrd Williams IV, and Wally Knight
Featuring the art of John Carlisle Moore, Elizabeth Bowie, Byrd Williams IV,
and Wally Knight. Running as a companion group exhibition to
Jay Wilkinson's Solo Exhibition "everyone poops", Los Fantasmas Ambulantes
promises to tickle and delight your senses, as well as challenge your humanity
and thought processes on the subject matter it represents.
2017 EXHIBITION CALENDAR
Cordelia Bailey: One Last Shot Feb 21 - March 18, 2017 Dontrius Williams: One More Shot Feb 21 - March 18, 2017
Photography show featuring local artists Cordelia Bailey and Dontrius Williams
28Grams March 23 - May 20, 2017 (Reception: Sat, March 25, Noon - 9pm)
#28Grams is a blockbuster show featuring 28 of the most successful artists today culled from Instagram
Crystal Wagner May 24 - June 24, 2017
Crystal Wagner (b. 1982) creates sculptural paper works that mimic natural
forms. Her work utilizes elements of craft and assemblage presented with an
organic and fluid sense of being and movement.
Betsy Price High School Art Competition May 24 - June 3, 2017
Jay Wilkinson June 28 - July 29, 2017 (Reception: Sat, July 15, 6 - 9pm)
Jay Wilkinson is a Fort Worth based painter and sculptor. This is his first
official solo exhibition and the massive paintings and sculptures will comprise
the entire gallery. Prior to the show, Wilkinson will complete a residency at
Fort Works Art
Ben Willis: Candy Land Aug 2 - Sept 2, 2017
The bright colors and resin surfaces of Phoenix based artist Ben Willis are
instantly recognizable. Willis investigates patterning through geometry, color
relationships, layering and texture.
Candy Castle Aug 2 - Sept 2, 2017
Group sculpture show curated by Ben Willis will feature heavy hitters from
around the country.
Friday Night: Lights Out Sept 7 - Oct 14, 2017 (Reception: Sat, Sept 9, 6 - 9pm)
A retrospective of the work of Greg Ploetz - Fort Worth artist and former
football player whose life was cut short by CTE. Friday Night: Lights Out
examines CTE and brings up questions about how the future of contact sports
Knowledge Bennett Oct 18 - Nov 25, 2017 (Reception TBD)
Knowledge Bennett uses familiar pop references to create a new image making a
statement about our culture.
New Pop Oct 18 - Nov 25, 2017
Tax Collection will curate an exhibition featuring a new form of pop art being dubbed New Pop.
About FORT WORKS ART
FORT WORKS ART: Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and
energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX. They are a resource for both
seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Existing somewhere between
a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to
continually evolve into its' own entity, free from the traditional labels
of the art world. They exist to support the arts, to give back to the
community and to inspire youth.