Everyone's Museum: A Retrospective of the Future a solo exhibition by Ed Wilson.
As a school psychologist, my passion is to advocate for children. My service to children and their families continues to reaffirm the power of the human spirit: Its ability to renew, grow, evolve and ultimately, to discover an opportunity for a second chance.
My passion as a painter is to capture moments in time with my brush and make a connection between the renewal of our environment and its already used resources. This connection and the inspiration for my project began in the TNT scrap metal yard in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Here too I saw a second chance. In my paintings, Everyone's Museum: A Retrospective of the Future, I saw a connection between the human spirit's ability to renew itself and to reinvent the material goods we have already created.
We chronicle the past in our libraries and museums where we share who we were or what we've done. The scrap metal yard too is a museum of who we once were and how we defined ourselves in what we once owned, rented or leased but now discarded. Who we were, what we valued...what we sacrificed for. A museum of a material world where we found our pleasures and needs: Stereos, electronics, boilers, cars and the copper wire that carried our electricity and messages of joy, sorrow and hope.
The scrap metal yard also gives us a glimpse of future possibilities. The promise and potential of things now discarded but soon to be remade. Here are the raw materials and the possibilities of tomorrow's inventions. This is a material nursery of the things that will give birth to the new ideas and creations that will define our futures. Its rust and dust only covers what is yet to evolve.
Look no further than here. There is inspiration in our past, if you can just imagine what it will become. There is a promise of hope for our environment and us. We can go forward.... It's all here! Just imagine what it will become.
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