Jo-Ellen Trilling & Andrew Willner SIDE BY SIDE A husband-and-wife dual retrospective featuring fairy-tale fantasy and woodwork

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Wired Gallery is pleased to announce Side by Side, a dual retrospective featuring works by Jo-Ellen Trilling & Andrew Willner, opening on Saturday, August 3, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits. Trilling’s paintings and dolls exemplify Magic Realism. Appearances lure and trick with bright colors but incongruous details. Whimsical, Bosch-like hybrid creatures teeter on disturbing. Winged things cling to Grimm forest trees; a live rooster hat glares from a dog doll’s head. Disquieting toys have too-round faces, and ‘steampunk’ horses advance. Strange animals peer through Alice’s looking glass. Nautical notes and textures pervade Willner’s woodwork: An elegant, slender ‘steamer trunk’ box; seawall posts settling unevenly in sand over time. He works utilitarian pieces into waves and swells, counter-current swirls, gentle lifts and ebbs on surfaces far from shore. Willner coopers and carves fine wood, sands to fluid flows, oils it to a rich sheen.

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