The Book Of … is a series of photography books by American artist LG Williams. The Book Of [Your Name Here] series, originating in January 2015, is an artistic re-examination of the “miracle” of the daguerreotype photograph, in which the artist reaches back to the birth of photography.
On August 19, 1839 the French Academy of Sciences announced the invention of the daguerreotype by the scene painter and physicist Louis-Jaques-Mande Daguerre (1787-1851). Word of the discovery spread swiftly, and the daguerreotype photography enjoyed great popularity until the 1850s, especially in America where the process was free from patent restrictions.
While there was great demand for portraits captured by the “miracle” of photography, early daguerreotype technology had its shortcomings. The necessarily long exposure times that were required to capture an image, fifteen minutes on average under bright lights, led to necessarily inevitable lacunae in representing the subject. The resulting single image daguerreotypes are de facto composites of the lapsed long exposure time, but not, as was purported, scientifically captured replicas of both time and image.
This publication and series presents an opportunity for Williams to provide an artistic, political, and social perspective on the missing truths, images, and loss of time that occurred during the age of Daguerre. In other words, each book from this single-portrait-series consists of hundreds of continuous images during a fifteen-minute stretch of time, or just about as many images as the artist could take as fast as possible using his out-dated FujiFilm FinePix Z70 3-MP Digital Camera. From this historical perspective, Williams’ series points to the limitations of daguerreotype photography with the seemingly limitless possibilities of contemporary analogue-image capture and production.
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HONORED TO BE INCLUDED IN PROF MARTIN KEMP’S (OXFORD UNIV) LECTURE, “Mona Lisa and The Body of the Earth”, AT LAGUNA ART MUSEUM
Image (R) on projected screen: LG Williams, How To Explain Art To The Sports Generation (Mona Lisa), 2004, 40 x 30” (Variable), Reflective Ink Silkscreen on Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminium. Collection: Dr. Julia Friedman, Brentwood, CA.
Renowned British art historian Martin Kemp, acknowledged as the world authority on Leonardo da Vinci, spoke about the iconic Mona Lisa as a statement of the artist’s ideas about nature and the natural world. November 5, Laguna Art Museum.
Read the essay about the artwork co-authored with Ralph Nader here.
Remembering Artist Dale Eldred (1933–93)
September 2 – October 29
Leedy-Volkous Gallery, Kansas City
Curated by Stephanie Leedy and Roberta Lord
Images: Dale Eldred, Bush Creek Solar Field (Public Art Installation), Kansas City, MO, 1979
Below: Recent article about Dale Eldred by Dr. Julia Friedman in the Huffington Post.
Big Check Paintings, 2016
30 x 66″ea., Ink on Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminum
LG Williams exhibits new artwork at 2016 Frieze London & FIAC London Art Fair: “For Sale By Artist / For Sale By Owner ∞” — Presented by Fuga Los Angeles.
LG Williams and The Estate Of LG Williams, “For Sale By Artist / For Sale By Owner ∞” (2 versions), 2016
72 × 96″ ea., Reflective Ink on Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminium.
© 2016 LG Williams and The Estate Of LG Williams.
Honored to be exhibiting 2 new pictures on my home turf, at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA. This exhibition includes Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, Wallace Berman, George Herms, John Altoon, Peter Alexander, Mary Weatherford and more. Exhibition ends January 2017. Also, the 200-page catalogue for the series entitled, The Age Of The Image, with text by ASU Professor David Hawkes, is available on Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2ebijBR. Williams will give a free public lecture at the museum on December 15. Photo with EMS logo is by Eric Minh Swenson.
A Day In The Life Of A Los Angeles Artist: Orange County • London • New York • Toronto • Los Angeles — all for a…“good point.” The point being that everywhere we are surrounded by Zombies.