Robert Wilson


Currently on view at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles is “VOOM Portraits” by artist Robert Wilson (Feb. 24-April 30). Wilson creates work that is rooted in theater and, as of recently, has been displayed through video on plasma screen televisions. Wilson has captured the images of many famous actors such as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and William L. Pope, who is in the image above. Often, the video works move very slowly and test the patience of the viewer, which has led Wilson to be accused of disregarding his audience, while at the same time others have noted this controversy as a successful and challenging element in his work. The use of traditional theater is skewed as he emphasizes choreography and staging over the use of plot and dialogue, which has also been furthered through the artist’s inventive use of sound. Wilson was born in Waco, Texas, and graduated from Pratt Institute in New York (1965), where he currently lives and works. The artist has completed three exhibitions already this year, including works with the Paula Cooper Gallery and Phillips De Pury & Company, both in New York. Wilson has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Louise T. Blouin Foundation Award (2005), the Pratt Legends Honoree and the American Innovator Award from the Japan Society in New York.