For 20 years Dana Wigdor has populated her work with her “Widget” characters—creatures that are part robot, part angel, part UFO, part piece of sporting equipment. Wigdor leaves the Widgets’ provenance open to interpretation. “There are many reasons for a Widget to come into being, but most often they appear as a fictitious scientific notation, or ‘shorthand’ that portrays the joy and folly of the human condition,” says Wigdor. “Others have referred to them as celestial beings, or ‘events.’ On numerous occasions, I have been asked if I am a UFO enthusiast, if I am interested in surveillance, if I design robots, if I work with amphibians. Others have described them as musical instruments, a picnic scene, or sports equipment. ”
This month, at The Living Room, Cold Spring’s newest art venue, Wigdor’s installation “The Floating Verse,” consisting of small pencil drawings, works on paper, and hand-written phrases surrounding paintings of Widgets in their natural habitat, metallic winter atmospheres.
Dana Wigdor’s “The Floating Verse” will be installed at The Living Room in Cold Spring November 4 through December 11. An opening reception will be held on November 4 at 6pm. (845) 270-8210; www.coldspringlivingroom.com. Portfolio: www.danawigdor.com.
- Dana Wigdor, Celestial Chord, oil on canvas, 30â€ x 30â€, 2004.