Self-taught collage artist and proprietor of the storied Wingspan Gallery, Carleton Wing was a beloved fixture of the Lexington, KY arts culture until his passing from COVID-19 in April 2020. This is the show he was designing with us just as he fell ill.
A collection spanning the latter half of Carleton's career, Wingspan Redux features the debut of his final series of digital collages, Women at Work. Reflecting the myriad ways women embody strength, these portraits incorporate the artist’s signature Secular Mandalas as character references on their subjects.
The Secular Mandalas series presents painstakingly layered patterns of birds and found objects, designed to be used as visual tools for relaxation and meditation.
Tales from the Near Side is Carleton’s whimsical and surreal series of visual stories and character portraits assembled from heavily-layered bits of flea market-sourced antique photos and internet-found digital images.
The show also includes hand-cut paper collages predating Carleton’s foray into digital creation, as well as several 3D assemblage works dating from Carleton’s previous medical battle with leukemia – themselves collages of elevated craftsmanship, constructed from a mélange of exotic and found objects.
A BEAUTIFUL REFLECTION ON CARLETON:
A Special Note:
This is one of the most meaningful shows Mill&Max has mounted since the gallery project began nearly six years ago (wow, time flies!).
I only got to spend a short but delightfully stimulating time with Carleton before COVID-19 so unfairly cut short his hometown return after surviving cancer. He was excited about the mission of the gallery and the Shambhala Center, and we are ecstatic at the opportunity to share his thoughtful and exuberant works with our community.
I must thank Carleton's wife Livia for her invaluable help in completing the design and execution of this show, for filling in the unexpected blanks that only the most intimate of partners could remember or intuit.
Gratitude also goes to Vincent Dummer, who contributed a degree of elevation that this show rightly deserved by volunteering to create our very first online virtual tour.
This pandemic may have thrown the most dire and obtuse obstacles into our paths, but the art will go on.
- Karl G. Lindstrom
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MISSION: Integrated into the Lexington Shambhala Meditation Center, Mill & Max Contemplative Arts fosters engagement with the whole of art so that we may enliven, awaken, and contribute as inspired human beings in the creation of enlightened society. Art is not a thing, but a sacred path of pure potential. Whether as makers or as audience, we can experience the present through art.
Wingspan Redux – 2D and 3D works by Carleton Wing