"Two of Wands was a collaborative exhibition between Adam Milner and Allison Smith, who met in Pittsburgh, PA, while Allison was living there in 2017-18. Adam’s practice focuses upon recollection, collections, and the act of collecting. He creates an ordering of the randomness of objects and memories as a means for recall and reconsideration of personal attributes and public manifestations. Allison ponders historical patterns, specific incidents, traditionally held beliefs, shared memories, and recent momentous events, as the attacks by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA. She creates sculptures, installations, and performances to put forward redirected emphasis and reconsidered viewpoints.

The Two of Wands is the tarot card that signifies ideas of the couple or a pair as well as notions of potential and possibility. The title references a magic and a doubling which relates to many of the works Adam and Allison are creating for the exhibition. Both see the potentiality of objects – they resonate with vibrancy and have multiple meanings within them." -- Ann Albano, The Sculpture Center

Two of Wands
Two of Wands (installation view)
2018

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands brass, iron, copper, velvet ribbon
Mask
2018
brass, iron, copper, velvet ribbon

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands archival pigment print on linen
Reflective Lens
2018
archival pigment print on linen

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands archival pigment print on linen, driftwood
Pink Candle Resolution
2018
archival pigment print on linen, driftwood

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands archival pigment print on linen, wrought iron
Black Candle Resolution
2018
archival pigment print on linen, wrought iron

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands bamboo tiki torches, newspaper pulp, lapel pins
Tiki Torches
2017
bamboo tiki torches, newspaper pulp, lapel pins

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands
Tiki Torches (installation view)
2018

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands bamboo tiki torches, newspaper pulp, lapel pins
Tiki Torches
2018
bamboo tiki torches, newspaper pulp, lapel pins

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands dried grapevine, satin ribbon, pyrite with quartz crystal cluster, oversize cinnamon sticks, cotton bouquet, corn husk, marble agate latex balloon
Wreath Making 101
2018
dried grapevine, satin ribbon, pyrite with quartz crystal cluster, oversize cinnamon sticks, cotton bouquet, corn husk, marble agate latex balloon

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands driftwood phone with nail, polyester lanyard, wrought iron hook; archival pigment print on linen
Hello, Ocean? (left) and Shape Shift (right)
2018
driftwood phone with nail, polyester lanyard, wrought iron hook; archival pigment print on linen

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands cast bronze, raw silk, white sage, newspaper clipping, toothpick, permanent ink, rhinestones
Corn Husk Dolls
2018
cast bronze, raw silk, white sage, newspaper clipping, toothpick, permanent ink, rhinestones

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands archival pigment print on linen and silk, peeled willow whisk, wooden tambourine with silk ribbons, acrylic standing frame, pages torn from vintage craft books, synthetic silver cord, hematite, stainless mighty magnet, printed paper, three-pronged beeswax candle, acrylic stand, marbleized book of lights and shadows, crystal, birch bark, pyrite with quartz cluster, paper doily, ribbon with foil embellishment, thumbtacks
Candle Lighting Time
2018
archival pigment print on linen and silk, peeled willow whisk, wooden tambourine with silk ribbons, acrylic standing frame, pages torn from vintage craft books, synthetic silver cord, hematite, stainless mighty magnet, printed paper, three-pronged beeswax candle, acrylic stand, marbleized book of lights and shadows, crystal, birch bark, pyrite with quartz cluster, paper doily, ribbon with foil embellishment, thumbtacks

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands
Two of Wands (installation view)
2018

Photo by Jacob Koestler
Allison SMITH Two of Wands
Two of Wands (installation view)
2018

Photo by Jacob Koestler