June 1 – July 4, 2017
Reception June 8th 7-8:30 PM
Ellen Cantor Gallery talk at 6:15 PM June 8, 2017
April 26, 2017 (Winchester, MA) “Faded Elegants,” are photographs of objects that throughout the years have been left to decay; objects that have lost their “nobility or usefulness”. Even in their deterioration though, Wilson sees them as metaphors of the past, artifacts that were once important and beautiful.
Wilson’s series,“Faded Elegants,” is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography from June 1st through July 4th, 2017. An opening reception will take place on June 8th, 2017 from 7-8:30PM. Event is free and open to the public.
In Wilson’s statement, he thoroughly explains image by image that “The tattered dictionaries [in the photographs] are perhaps metaphors for the precarious state of printed reference material. The amazingly dog-eared pages of these books convey decades of utility as tools for crossword puzzle solving.” Some objects in the photographs refer to historical places. For example Wilson explains, “Writing on the Wall, taken at Old Schwamb Mill, shows the marks of where a worker penciled important measurements on a wooden wall board for the factory note-taking in the late nineteenth century.”
Wilson’s photographic process and analysis is of much importance in the finalized photograph. Wilson explains, “One extremely satisfying aspect of making photographs is my continuing late career growth in skill and vision. Paintings inform my visual literacy in the same way classical photographs do. [These visual references] obscure the boundaries between painting and photography.”
Timothy Wilson has had a dual career as an educator and fine art photographer. In 1966, Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in English at Boston University. He later received his master degree in Education at Antioch Graduate Center for Education. He then began his career as an elementary and secondary teacher and administrator in local public schools. He was also a curriculum specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Education. For several years, he taught both English and darkroom photography. Simultaneously he was also working on his personal photo projects. He built his own darkrooms where he printed both color and black and white photos. During this work trajectory, he also taught himself how to mount, mat and frame his own work. Timothy Wilson has had solo exhibitions including, the Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. Wilson has been part of many group shows, such as Galatea Fine Art Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, Panopticon Gallery and “People of Somerville: Portraits and Lives” at the Somerville Museum in 1989, where he was also recipient of a Municipal Arts Grant. Timothy has recently been honored at the Cambridge Art Association, where he continues to host critiques for artists.