Hamilton professor draws up a buzz with his work
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
Associate Professor of Art Roscoe Wilson of Miami University’s Hamilton Campus was selected into an exhibition at Morehead State University called “A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing.”
“The exhibit called for any translation of the current practice of line-oriented artwork,” Wilson said. “So the work had to be solely drawn line, only drawing media like ink or charcoal. It was a very specific exhibition.”
Wilson submitted three pieces for the exhibit and had one selected. The piece, titled “Everything I Own: Living Room,” is part of an ink pen on paper series that is a visual representation of every item he keeps in his house.
“I’ve been trying to document my own collection of objects,” Wilson said. “Everything that I have purchased or been given or house in my personal space, I’ve been trying to document it, inventory it and put it on paper, room by room.“
Wilson has been working on the series for several years now and has completed his living room, dining room, three bedrooms and a bathroom, with plans to keep going until he has completed every room. They are quite extensive, including every item from furniture to electronics to decorations to his cat. He’s also included the simple silhouette of a house in the negative space of each piece.
Also derived from the series are several pieces documenting every item available in SkyMall magazine, split up by page number, with a silhouette of an airplane included instead.
“I do a lot of painting, drawing, sculpting and print-making,” Wilson said. “Anytime I see an exhibit I can submit to I try to jump on it.”
While Wilson’s art is not being shown on campus at the time, his work, including his “Everything I Own” series, can be seen on his website at www.roscoewilson.com.
As part of being selected for the exhibit, Wilson will be a visiting professor at Morehead, which will include talking to several lecture classes.