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Solitude Series I


/Solitude: In A Landscape / is a celebration of bucolic beauty within an urban oasis, yearning for comfort and the nostalgic pleasures of enjoying nature made in reaction to the chaos of 2020.  The past is presented in a series of photographs on diaphanous textiles ,offering a paused glimpse back in time. A personal collection of wind chimes  placed in the trees ,whirl the song of the wind, a resonance  to encourage visceral intuitive alignment .

“Pure expression of humanity reveals the delicate nature of life, the vulnerability of freedom and will to allow nostalgia to inspire abundant growth.
-Najee Wilson

This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps in partnership with Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, The Naval Cemetery Landscape, developed by BGI and opened to the public in 2016, is an award-winning 1.7-acre contemplative memorial landscape and pollinator habitat. The site was designed to provide local residents and other visitors with a respite from the stresses of urban life while adding vital open space and native plant habitat to a park-starved area of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway – a 26-mile protected and landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities that, when complete, will connect Brooklyn’s storied and iconic waterfront, parks and open space, commercial and cultural corridors, and new tech and innovation hubs for 2.65 million Brooklyn residents, over 1.1 million people who work in Brooklyn, and more than 15 million annual visitors from across the City and around the world.


Film (Background). Solitude: In A Landscape, Part III,On The Rocks Runtime 6 mins, 1080p




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Solitude: In A Landscape, On Exhibition August 26- September 2, 2021. Presented in partnership with The Naval Cemetery Landscape and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.






Exhibition Map



Installation View- 1.Study for Dynamic Peace (Self Portrait 16), 2020



1. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Study for Dynamic Peace (Self Portrait 16), 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Silk Georgette
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable



 

Installation View- 2.Frost Aster in Bloom (Perspective in Time), 2020



2. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Frost Aster in Bloom (Perspective in Time), 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Silk Georgette
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable



Installation View- 3.Unspoken Emotion (Self Portrait 33) , 2020


3. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Unspoken Emotion (Self Portrait 33) , 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Ripstop Nylon
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable



Installation View- 4.Pareidolia Study I ( Sacred Grove), 2021



4. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Pareidolia Study I ( Sacred Grove), 2021
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Ripstop Nylon
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable 



Installation View- 5.Passage III, 2020

 

5. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Passage III, 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Ripstop Nylon
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions Variable



Installation View- 6.Study for Dynamic Peace (Self Portrait 11), 2020



6. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Study for Dynamic Peace (Self Portrait 11), 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Silk Georgette
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable



Installation View- 7. Helianthus Sanctuary ( Self Portrait 52), 2020



7. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Helianthus Sanctuary ( Self Portrait 52), 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Silk Georgette
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks Dimensions variable

About:
The plant is part of a genus named Helianthus that actually comprises roughly 70 different species. Almost all are native to Central and North America.  The sunflower’s name comes from its tendency to reposition itself to face the sun. It’s genus, Helianthus, is rooted in two Greek words — “helios” meaning sun and “anthos” meaning flower. The ancient Greek myth of Apollo and Clytie is one explanation of why sunflowers turn towards the sun. Najee is pictured among many Helianthus strumosus (Woodland Sunflower), facing the viewer.



Installation View- 8.Helianthus/Viburnum in Bloom (Perspective in Time) , 2020



8. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Helianthus/Viburnum in Bloom (Perspective in Time) , 2020
Pigmented Inkjet Print on Ripstop Nylon
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable


Installation View- 9.Study for Dynamic Peace (Ascended), 2020



9. Najee Wilson (b.1987)
Study for Dynamic Peace (Ascended), 2020
Pigmented Inkjet on Ripstop Nylon
Mounted on Oversized Steel Powder Coated Shepherd’s Hooks
Dimensions variable




Corinthian Bells- Hand Tuned WindChimes A,C and E scales, Powder Coated Aluminum (Laser Engraved-Solitude: In A Landscape, Najee Wilson, Naval Cemetery Landscape, 2021)



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click the logo below to view clips from the Opening Event on August 26th


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Najee Wilson, is an Interdisciplinary Artist based in Brooklyn New York whose work is interwoven with Intuitive Movement, Film, Photography,Textile and the ready made as medium. Najee’s work  Primarily explores ephemerality and gaze as a means of self discovery.



Education

Savannah College Of Art and Design, BFA Interior Design and Architecture 2009



Musings/ Collaborations

Lynceus , Sculpture Plaster and Wood ,Miguel Del Rey, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Muse 2018

Cross Hairs, Acrylic on Canvas, Gordon Shadrach, Muse 2019

Memento , Acrylic on Canvas, Gordon Shadrach, Muse 2019

Rumors of War, Patinated Bronze and Limestone, Kehinde Wiley, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts , Sitter/Muse 2019

Black Skin/Shibori Mask-BS/SM (Series)- Photographer Justin French, Model Tariq, 2017

THIS PLACE NYC , Muse, 2017-Present

Grand Central Atelier , Fine Art Muse, 2017-2019

New York  Academy of Art , Fine Art Muse 2019-2020

Muses (film) , Film by Najee Wilson, Featuring Yumemi, Lila and Pearl,Music by Carela, Meditating for Black Lives, End of Season Finale Celebration, Runtime 4 mins, November 2020

Solitude: In A Landscape, Self Portrait Film, Runtime 54 mins. 2020

Alice Coltrane,  Kirtan: Turiya Sings, Visualizer by Justin French, Hand dyed Backdrops, Backdrop Artist , Runtime 1:02:16, Verve Records, 2021

Re-Edition Magazine, Topaz Jones Editorial, Backdrop Artist, May 2021


Movement

200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, Ashtanga,  Iygengar and Rocket Yoga, 2020

Guest Teacher Series, The Practice Linda Lopes,Root To Rise- 60 min Virtual Yoga Class, November, 2020

Guest Teacher Series, Ganesh Space,Chakra Flow-60 min Virtual Yoga Class, May 2021

Oak & Palm Movement With Najee, Yoga Practice,Small Group and Private Clients, 2021

Heal Haus, Yoga Practitioner, Ashtanga,Iygengar and Rocket Yoga, 2021


Design

Calico Wallpaper, Creative Director/ Product Designer,Wabi,Night,Willow,Aurora,Brasscloth, Lunaris,Inverted Spaces,, Brooklyn NY, 2013-2016


Exhibitions/Installations

Converse Rubbertracks, Recording Artist in Resident, Taupe Y Beige, 2016-2017

Black Skin/Shibori Mask-BS/SM, Mix Medium Installation ,BLK Design X NYC Design Week June 2018

Highly Viscous Various Materials- Buy Some Damn Art (Online Exhibition) September 2018

Black Skin/Shibori Mask(BS/SM) The New Black Vanguard - Photography Between Art and Fashion Aperture Foundation- October 2019

Blaze of Glory-BS/SM, Mix Medium Installation, In Support of Boutique, 2019

An Evening With Muses- Sessions and Gallery Show, Yumemi Arai (collaborator) ,Artist Residency, Ace Hotel NYC Fall 2019

Solitude:In A Landscape,Art Installation/Film Screening,Live Sound Bath Performed by Ben Brown, Naval Cemetery Landscape, Brooklyn NY, 2021


Talks/Lectures/Labs

Listen & Heal Stories of Healing in the BIPOC Community, Hosted by Ganesh SPACE, Febuary 2021

The Gaze as Inspiration- Pattern Brands Artist Talks, Emmett Shine, October 2020

 Podcast Race Capitol - Meet The Muse behind the Monument, Chelsea Higgs Wise, Moderator Jasmine Marley, December 2019

Computer Technology Week Virginia- Children’s Science Museum , Code VA ,Richmond VA December 2019

Central Park II School, Guest Speaker , Representation in Art- Rumors of War Q&A Harlem, NY 2019

Binford Middle School- Guest Speaker-Representation In Art- Richmond VA December 2019

The Black Iris- Najee, Artist Inspirations . Richmond VA, December 2019

Candela Gallery- In Conversation With Najee Wilson Richmond VA. December 2019


Costuming/Styling

Kalup Linzy As Da Art World Might Turn , Backdrop Artist, 2013

Kalup Linzy Live: Art Jobs and Lullabies , Costume Designer, Joe’s Pub, 2014

Capsule Collection- Print All Over Me X Calico Wallpaper X Sword Smith Brooklyn 2015

Fusilier- Dueling EP Cover, Hand Dyed Mask, 2018

Black Skin Shibori Mask , Photographic Portrait Series (w/Justin French) 2017

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Tapped Performance at New Jersey Center of Performing Arts , Snowflake Costumes, Costume Designer 2019

The Curfew, Stage Dance Performance,The Joyce Theatre NYC, Costume Designer, 2019

A Better Half, Short Film ,Dark Comedy ,Costumer Designer 2019


Music- Singer Songwriter

Move Your Body, Music by Taupe Y Beige, Singer/ Songwriter, Violet & Violet Productions 2018

Look and See, Music By Taupe Y Beige , Singer/Songwriter , Vibe Inn Productions 2017

Lament Marathon- LP , Singer /Songwriter , Violet & Violet Productions
Unpublished Album 2020


Awards/Acknowledgements 

First Artist to Create a Site Specific Art Installation at The Naval Cemetery Landscape, Solitude: In A Landscape, 2021

New York City Artist Corps Grantee, Solitude: In A Landscape, 2021

Honored by Richmond City Council, Councilwoman,Kimberly B. Gray-Arts Education Welcoming Rumors of War, December 2019

Architizer Award 2015 Popular Choice - Wall-coverings -Best In Show Calico Wallpaper 

Architectural Digest- Innovative Booth Design Spring 2015 (Calico Wallpaper)


Past Exhibitions

Architectural Digest  Home Show February 2013-2014

International Contempoary Furniture Fair, 2013-15

Salone De Mobile, Spazio Rossana Orlandi Milan, Calico Wallpaper X BCXSY, Inverted Spaces April 2015

London Design Week Mallett 150th Anniversary September 2015  

Sight Unseen Offsite May 2013 & 2014

Kips Bay Showhouse April 2015


Media

They Seem Cool: Najee Wilson, The Cut, Editor Devine Blacksher, Photography Director Liane Radel, Fashion Direction Rebecca Ramsey, August 2020

An Evening With Muses, Art This Week: Sci-fi Meets Reality and Holiday Shows, Cassidy Graves, Bedford and Bowery, December 2019

Making New Histories: Rumors Of War Sculpture Unveiled In Richmond | VPM NPR News

Richmond Replaces Confederate Statue With One Of Black Man | Black America
Web


Richmond middle school students meet man who helped inspire ‘Rumors of War’ sculpture NBC 12

Race Capitol- Meet The Muse Behind the Monument- Chelsea Higgs Wise, Moderator Jasmine Marley, Richmond Va. 2019

Muse who inspired ‘Rumors of War’ speaks to Richmond students | WTVR.com


London Design Festival: The Art of making Innovative Wallpaper By Brooke Bobb, Vogue Online, 2015