Crystal Wagner in front of her print/drawing/collage installation at Famous Accountants.
Crystal Wagner, "Mechanism (detail)," 2010, a drawing and collage.
Rico Gatson in front of Wagner's wall of screen prints.
Today I'm heading for Famous Accountants, a newish Bushwick space known for it's immersive, obsessive installation projects. The current show, "Hybrid Jungle," curated by Chris Howard, features work by Crystal Wagner, an artist based in Montgomery, Alabama. “I am fascinated by the idea of the natural environment,” writes Wagner, “but find more and more that I am being alienated from it.” "Hybrid Jungle," an installation of drawing, collage and prints, reflects her ambivalence toward the natural world. Using sour, lurid colors and deep oily blacks, Wagner transforms the space into a near-impenetrable forest-like environment. Howard writes that the floral–insectoid forms in Wagner’s work are "beautiful yet repellant, marvelous yet insidious. Nature becomes completely unnatural in the hybrid jungle, like a twisted idea of the Garden of Eden manufactured by a Chinese plastics factory."
"Hybrid Jungle: Crystal Wagner," Famous Accountants, 1673 Gates Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn. Through July 25, 2010. Open on Sundays 1-6PM, or by appointment.