David Wiseman

New York, NY

November 13, 2012 - January 12, 2013


Curated by Rodman Primack

November 13, 2012 – January 12, 2013 Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 13th, 6 – 8pm

New York, NY (October 22, 2012)—R 20th Century is pleased to announce their first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist David Wiseman. The exhibition is curated by Rodman Primack and will be on view November 13, 2012 through January 12, 2013. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, November 13th from 6pm to 8pm.

This exhibition offers a comprehensive look into a beautiful and extraordinary world created by Wiseman through his unique renderings of flora, fauna and patterns inspired by natural phenomena. His multilayered vocabulary of forms range in scope and scale from place-card holders and salt cellars, to whimsically collaged chandeliers, glass and enamel mirrors, bronze and terrazzo furniture, as well as full scale architectural installations, all handcrafted in his Los Angeles studio.

Inside, Wiseman's world takes shape—walls are covered in plaster tree branches, porcelain pomegranates and owls, geodesic cut crystals, copper and sterling silver cherry blossoms, and cage blown glass lanterns. Inspired by the rich history of decorative objects, Wiseman!s work embraces ornamentation and reworks it, imparting his unique aesthetic sensibility and fresh perspective. The result is an exquisite marriage of classical and contemporary references, materials and processes, and a distinctive aesthetic vision that Wiseman poetically weaves into each object and installation.

“For me, artistic creation is about finding the space between reality and artifice – where experiencing raw materials that have been shaped and formed by my hand allows the viewer to be part of the natural world the way I see it,” states Wiseman.

The exhibition will also feature a unique collaboration with L'Oeil du Vert, acclaimed purveyors of artisanal fragrance. L'Oeil du Vert's Haley Alexander Van Oosten developed a series of three “pollens” to anoint Wiseman!s unique porcelain and bronze scent holders. The fragrant “pollens” are dabbed onto the scent holder as an interactive ritual and the fragrance diffuses, creating a multi- sensory design experience.

Evan Snyderman, R 20th Century principal states, “It is so rare to find a young contemporary artist who is able to create a fantastical, esoteric and beautiful world, while also showing himself to be a profound master of his craft who imbues every work he creates with a strong sense of conceptual relevancy.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color hardback publication published in association with Whitehaus Media Group and featuring an essay by Brooke Hodge, Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.