Pew Fellow of the Week: An Interview with Visual Artist Wilmer Wilson IV
Wilmer Wilson IV, 2017 Pew Fellow. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Our Pew Fellows interview series focuses on the artistic lives of our Fellows: their aspirations, influences, and creative challenges.
This week, we speak to Wilmer Wilson IV (2017), who works across mediums including performance, sculpture, collage, video, photography, and installation to explore the nature and social value of ephemera and bodily presence in public spaces. Appropriating everyday objects that constitute, in the artist’s words, “the marginal shadows of collective life's grand narratives,” Wilson works with materials such as paper bags, staples, stickers, postage stamps, and discarded lottery tickets. His work has been presented at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Barnes Foundation, and, most recently, in the 2018 New Museum Triennial and the 2018 Armory Show.