NADA MIAMI 2021
Connie Wilson
Booth P25

VIP Opening Preview (by Invitation)
Wednesday, December 1, 10am–2pm

Open to the Public
Wednesday, December 1, 2–8pm
Thursday, December 2, 11am–7pm
Friday, December 3, 11am–7pm
Saturday, December 4, 11am–7pm




Connie Wilson
Ode Land Yacht, 2021
aluminum, steel conduit, ashtrays, wheelbarrow tires, modified bike fork, hockey tape, filament tape, Smooth-Cast 65D, enamel, Rub n’ Buff, fasteners, bike horn, boat blocks, windsurfing sail parts, fiberglass rod, bungee cord, cleat, seat, nylon, nylon webbing, vinyl, blanket label, Amigo Spiele card, stickers, salt,
138 x 50 x 120 in (350.5 x 127 x 304.8 cm)
CW-218
$8,800.00 CAD | $7,040.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #1, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-211
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #2, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-212
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #3, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-213
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #4, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-214
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #5, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-215
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD



Connie Wilson
Irish Skin #6, 2021
red LED circuit, copper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
CW-216
$1,100.00 CAD | $880.00 USD


Franz Kaka is proud to present the work of Connie Wilson as a part of NADA Miami 2021. On view will be a single large-scale sculpture titled Ode Land Yacht (2021), built by Wilson as a 1:1 interpretation of a land sailing yacht - an often crudely-fashioned vehicle cobbled together from disparate mechanical elements by hobbyists and DIYers that typically includes a sail mounted to a board on wheels.

The particular form being referenced in Wilson's sculpture is the illustrated land yacht found in the children’s board game Elfenland, which she uses as a structuring framework to interrogate the tension between diegesis and mimesis within artistic creation. Rather than create a direct representation of the illustration, Wilson instead presents her sculpture as an ode or dedication, which now includes elements fashioned as poetic flourishes that alter the object’s original composition. Most notable in this regard are the inclusion of wheels based on the architecture of salt storage domes - common near Wilson's home in rural southern Ontario - which also render the vehicle inoperable.

At a moment when the authority of existing hegemonic structures are increasingly met with scepticism and doubt, off-grid lifestyles that venerate withdrawal and self-reliance have become common representations within popular culture. As a DIY machine created to offer escape, the land yacht rides a fine line between suburban leisure vehicle and post-apocalyptic transport. This is Wilson’s first presentation outside of Canada.


Connie Wilson (b. 1993 Belfast, Northern Ireland) received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2016 and an MFA from the University of Guelph in 2021. Wilson’s work has been shown at Canadian galleries including The Plumb, Toronto (2021), Boarding House Gallery, Guelph (2020), Calaboose, Montreal (2018), Musique, Halifax (2016), and Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (2015). In 2015 she served as an artist in residence at Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California. Wilson is currently based in Guelph, Canada. In the Spring of 2022 Franz Kaka will present a solo exhibition of Wilson’s work, her first with the gallery and in Toronto.

For inquiries please contact info@franzkaka.com




Connie Wilson
(b. 1993 Belfast, Northern Ireland)
based in Guelph, Canada

Education
2021     MFA, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
2016     BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Solo Exhibitions
2022     TBD, Franz Kaka, Toronto, Ontario (forthcoming)
2016     The Eyes Have It, Musique, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Group Exhibitions
2021     grass taps, The Plumb, Toronto, Ontario
2020     no show, Boarding House Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
2019     Preface, Boarding House Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
2018     After the Rain, Calaboose, Montreal, Quebec
2017     Apartment #7, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2017     NSCAD Graduation Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2016     Things to Avoid, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2016     Airport Project, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015     Knotty Pine Board, Red Paint Called Drumbeat, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015     Wooden Fruit, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015     No End of Insight, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014     Idea and Process, You’re Welcome, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014     Sculpture Open House, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Residencies
2015     Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West, Joshua Tree, California

Curatorial Projects
2016     Musique, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2016     Things to Avoid, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015     Y-Level Emerging Artist Exhibition, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014     You’re Welcome, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Awards and Grants
2019     University Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019     Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019     Dean’s Materials Bursary, University of Guelph
2015     Reznick Family Fund for Student Creativity
2011     Nepean Creative Arts Award

Bibliography
2018     Double hung window, New York Art Book Fair
2016     Things to Avoid exhibition catalogue
2015     Wooden Fruit exhibition catalogue

Selected Press
2018     After the Rain, KubaParis
2018     Un/Certain Place Pt.2, OFluxo
2016     Aesthetics of the Ordinary by Craig Leonard, VANS Magazine
2014     Investigation 1, Artifact Institute, Dalhousie Art Gallery