Local experimental artist at FORMAT Festival

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for my festival starts this weekend and there will be national and local musicians, bands and artists. The organizers include several local artists, including Cat Wilson, who lives in Northwest Arkansas. Here are some photos of her team setting up the selfie throw installation today. The Selfie Throne includes props and neon lights set against a fun backdrop. Wilson says it’s a sophisticated and interactive project for you to be a part of. Well, people want to be part of the art, right? We don’t just want to look at art, we want to be the art. In this way, Selfie gives you the opportunity to be part of art, and the project encourages people to share their photos and their experiences online using the hashtag Selfie. Wilson’s work has been shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Louver in Paris, and she says it was exciting to bring this project to life from start to finish. And every time the neon salesman throws me a new idea for the selfie, I’m like, wow! And then when the musician, Kevin Black, sends me a damn track that he just finished for the music part, it blows my mind. Everything just keeps getting bigger and better. It is wonderful

Local experimental artist at FORMAT Festival

Kat Wilson’s #selfiethrone will be at the site September 23-25

The weekend will be packed with curated oddities – from forest enclaves, disco barns and speak-easy’s, curated food vendors and impromptu dance processions to experimental soundscapes and light shows. Kat Wilson, who lives in NW Arkansas, will install an elaborate and interactive #selfiethrone that uses elements of photography, sculpture and performance art to blur the line between self-empowerment and self-obsession. From the start, Wilson envisioned installations to invite visitors. The thrones are adorned with lively, often kitschy, objects against enchantingly colorful backdrops. “The selfie culture changed the way my subjects interacted with me as a photographer, they guided me — that’s my best part, try that angle,” as she puts it, “let them be their own take fucking pictures.” #selfiethrone started in her Bentonville studio in 2015, she has maintained creative control over the scene, lighting and output. Wilson will unveil her latest throne to festival-goers with snaps of herself at the entrance to the Bizarre Bazaar. The Bizarre Bazaar will be a maze of uniquely curated merchandising and retail stalls, as well as the main food court. “I want to give festival-goers from around the world a little something quirky Arkansas to experience and take home with them, some camouflage and a fawn felt to match,” says Wilson. She has teamed up with sign maker Derrick Maxey to construct a skeletonized neon stag head to adorn the throne surrounded by camouflage netting. For the #selfiethrone FORMAT, Wilson designed everything from the sets to the costumes, but what she loves most about this project is that it’s a showcase for all the creative (and sometimes weird) energy the region has to offer Has. Follow @katwilsonartist and @format_festival for updates on Kat Wilson , Part(ty) Art and FORMAT. Kat Wilson is an experimental artist from Northwest Arkansas. She received an MFA from the University of Arkansas and co-founded the Bottle Rocket gallery. Through exuberant photography, paintings, and immersive installations, Wilson transcends centuries-old compositional devices. Wilson’s work has been published in Communication Arts, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and has been exhibited at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Louvre, among others.

The weekend will be packed with curated oddities – from forest enclaves, disco barns and speak-easy’s, curated food vendors and impromptu dance processions to experimental soundscapes and light shows. Kat Wilson, who lives in NW Arkansas, will install an artistic and interactive #selfiethrone that uses elements of photography, sculpture and performance art to blur the line between self-empowerment and self-obsession.

From the start, Wilson envisioned installations designed to invite visitors. The thrones are adorned with lively, often kitschy, objects against enchantingly colorful backdrops. “The selfie culture changed the way my subjects interacted with me as a photographer, they guided me — that’s my best part, try that angle,” as she puts it, “let them be their own take fucking pictures.” #selfiethrone started in her Bentonville studio in 2015, she has maintained creative control over the scene, lighting and output.

Wilson will unveil her latest throne to festival-goers with snaps of herself at the entrance to the Bizarre Bazaar. The Bizarre Bazaar will be a maze of uniquely curated merchandising and retail stalls, as well as the main food court.

“I want to give festival-goers from around the world a little something quirky Arkansas to experience and take home with them, some camouflage and a fawn felt to match,” says Wilson. She has teamed up with sign maker Derrick Maxey to construct a skeletonized neon stag head to adorn the throne surrounded by camouflage netting. For FORMAT #selfiethrone, Wilson designed everything from the sets to the costumes, but what she loves most about this project is that it’s a showcase for all the creative (and sometimes weird) energy the region has to offer .

For updates on Kat Wilson, Part(ty) Art and FORMAT follow @katwilsonartist and @format_festival.

Kat Wilson is an experimental artist from Northwest Arkansas. She received an MFA from the University of Arkansas and co-founded the Bottle Rocket gallery. Through exuberant photography, paintings, and immersive installations, Wilson transcends centuries-old compositional devices. Wilson’s work was published in art of communicationthe Los Angeles Timesand The Washington Postand exhibited at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Louvre, among others.

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