Douglas Florian and Amy Wilson at Bravin Lee Programs, April 21 - June 5

My good friends at Bravin Lee Programs just shot me the following notice about a stunning show coming up. Douglas Florian and Amy Wilson share a kind of childlike touch, relating somewhat to children's book illustration. I see several books by a Douglas Florian online -- same guy?

Regardless - looks like a cool show. Be there!



douglas_florian BravinLee programs
526 West 26th Street, Suite 211
New York, New York 10001
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ye, 2009, gouache on paper with collage, 16 x 16 inches

Douglas Florian

Letting In the Light

April 21 - June 5, 2010

Opening: Wednesday, April 21st, 6 - 8pm

BravinLee programs is pleased to present its second show of work by Douglas Florian.

Using gouache and collage on gesso-primed brown paper bags, Florian obliquely explores the natural world, referencing geology, meteorology, anatomy, and typography in tactile and often erotically charged pieces. Growth, movement, transformation, and transfiguration seem to emerge spontaneously without formula or premeditation. With painterly textural layers the revealed is played against the concealed, the calligraphic against the static, and the archaic against the contemporary in emblematic signs and sequences. A playful, childlike rawness and simplicity pervades imagery that seems both strangely foreign and strangely familiar.

About his last exhibition at BravinLee programs in 2008, the New Yorker wrote, "the project was abstruse and irresistible."

Douglas Florian lives and works in New York City. He has had solo exhibitions at Yeshiva University Museum and at the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Drawing Center, The Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and at The New York State Museum at Albany. The artist is also well known for his illustrated children’s books.

Gallery 2

Amy Wilson

It takes time to turn a space around

April 21 - June 5, 2010

Opening: Wednesday, April 21st, 6 - 8pm


It takes time to turn a space around (detail), 2010
watercolor and pencil on paper, 10 x 280 inches

Click to view Amy Wilson's West Thames Park Project

It Takes Time To Turn A Space Around, 2010, is a 10” x 280” seven panel drawing by Amy Wilson that was commissioned for her first public project. The 150’ outdoor installation is currently on view in lower Manhattan’s West Thames Park and is part of the Downtown Alliance’s Re: Construction Program.

Working from the artist’s original drawing, a printed exterior grade vinyl banner was created and secured to a portion of construction fencing which surrounds a future park and playground. Wilson’s image is one of her iconic girls fixing up a field by cutting down old growth and weeds and planting flowers and trees.

Although Wilson’s work normally contains handwritten text, the installation at West Thames is a version in which no text exists. At the gallery this month we are exhibiting the final version, which incorporates the narrative taken from stories and observations about the artist’s life.

For more information please contact Meredith Rosenberg at 212-462-4404 or via email at meredith@bravinlee.com

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