“When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Galerie Protégé is pleased to present Life Under the Black Sun by Bryan McGovern Wilson. This is Wilson’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Darkness is often vilified within most culture discourses, as the biome of secrets, lesser beings, and death. The work nigredo (or the blackening) refers to the beginning of alchemic work and the descent into consciousness, as visualized as the unending topology of the spherical form Sol Niger, or the Black Sun.
Life Under the Black Sun explores the paradox of radiant darkness: that which is blacker than black, but shines with a dark luminescence, a light that exposes some of the most nebulous aspects of psychic life.
The exhibition features a series of illustrations, icons, and models that engage with and resist the condition of blackness. Wilson’s illustrations draw the viewer in to examine the relationship between the dark and light, while his delicately crafted, haunting sculptures raise questions about that which lies between. Not intended as points of illumination, the works are instead a residue of propositions brought to their proper punctuation. A cosmology of objects crafted with Wilson’s multidisciplinary approach, Life Under The Black Sun is a constellation of markers for all who find themselves along the ecliptic of Sol Niger’s influence, the ordered mysteries filtered along its accretion belt.
Wilson completed his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. He is a recent recipient of the 2014 Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts.