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THE LODGE PRESENTS LG WILLIAMS AND PCP PRESS @ ACID-FREE II AT BLUM AND POE

The Lodge and LG Williams at Acid-Free 2 at Blum and Poe

The Lodge and LG Williams at Acid-Free 2 at Blum and Poe

The Lodge and LG Williams at Acid-Free 2 at Blum and Poe

THE LODGE is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Acid-Free Los Angeles Book Market hosted by Blum & Poe, which runs November 1–3.

To celebrate the gallery’s first time participating in the fair, we will have a large selection of titles from 25 years of books by LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™ at our booth.

This celebration and signing with LG Williams, will take place at our booth on Saturday, 2nd November at 1:00 pm. The books, published by PCP Press, features works with Wally Hedrick, Dave Hickey, Wayne Thiebaud, Shepard Fairey / Obey Giant, Julia Friedman among others, and a conversation between LG and gallery owner / director Alice Lodge. Williams’ widely received publications have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, Las Vegas Weekly, Observer.com, City Lights Bookstore to name a few media outlets.

The Estate of LG Williams™ would like to extend warm gratitude to The Lodge and The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their generous support…Especially S and Vinnie.

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Voyage LA Magazine / LG Williams: Hollywood Hidden Gem

Check out LG Williams’s Artwork, VoyageLA Staff Writer, VoyageLA.com, June 5, 2019.

LG, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist:

I’m originally from the Ozarks. Back then, I loved crafting a bit more than bass fishing. So, after art school, I hitchhiked to Los Angeles. That decision was a no-brainer — which was good since I had little extra to spare. What I didn’t know back then was this: Every Hollywood hipster can spot poor, destitute country folk — like me — a mile away. That’s probably one reason why, after all these years, I’ve never been invited to exhibit art in Tinseltown. Another reason might be that my “story” has been anything but unique. On the contrary, it registers as irrelevant by any Southern California  metric…
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Read The Full Story: voyagela.com/interview/check-lg-williams-estate-lg-williams-s-artwork/

Archivedhttp://archive.is/OBbLZ

The Estate of LG Williams™ would like to extend warm gratitude to The Lodge and The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their generous support. Esp B, P, S and Vinnie.

New Local Public Artwork For Streator, IL City Park Delineates Global Climate Catastrophe Denial

Don't Look At That Tree (2019) by LG Williams

Don't Look At That Tree (2019) by LG Williams
DON’T LOOK AT THAT TREE (2019) by LG Williams

Press Release — For Immediate Release                                                     May 24, 2019

Public Art Exhibition: Don’t Look At That Tree
Artist: LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™
On View: June 28-June 30, 2019

Location: City Park, Streator, Illinois
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New Local Public Artwork For Streator, IL City Park
Delineates Global Climate Catastrophe Denial

(Los Angeles—June 1, 2019) LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™ are pleased to present Don’t Look At That Tree, his newest monumental outdoor artwork installed at City Park in Streator, Illinois.

Don’t Look At That Tree consists of a 100-foot-high hickory tree strewn with several rolls of yellow crime scene tape. Visitors can view the artwork on June 28, 2019 and it will remain visible to the public until June 30, 2019. The artwork will be situated at the intersection of Park and Hickory streets, near the park’s entrance. 

This artwork explores The Mechanism of Denial, a defense mechanism first proposed by Anna Freud which involves an individual or groups refusal to accept reality, thus blocking external events from awareness. “So far”, writes LG Williams, “our response to the challenge of our climate catastrophe exposes a fundamental failure of collective engagement and imagination.” 

Williams’s first monumental outdoor tree artwork appeared in 2013 at Parc du Domaine les Crayères, Reims, France, curated by Baron Osuna. As with other works by the artist, such as Party Down! (1999), How To Explain Art To The Sports Generation (2004), Angelina Jolie Was Here! (2011), and ME (2015), subversive ingenuity is key to the experiential nature of the artwork.

Taken whole, Don’t Look At That Tree speaks to the expanse of art history — from ancient traditions of creating artworks on cave walls, to modern forms of visual culture in the age of apocalypse and cutting-edge feats of artistic digital labor.

The Estate of LG Williams™ would like to thank Baron Osuna, Super Window Project, The Lodge, and The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their generous support.
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National Media Kit:  Press Release | Image 01 | Image 02 | 2013 Tree (Reims, France)
Local Media Kit:      Press Release | Image 01 | Image 02 | 2013 Tree (Reims, France)
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Additional Press:
Artist LG Williams will feature ‘climate catastrophe’ artwork in Streator: Idea of the work is to look at bigger issue, by Michael Urbanec, The Times, Michael Urbanec, June 18, 2019, www.mywebtimes.com (Archived

Streator City Park tree gets covered in caution tape for conceptual art project, Concept hopes to draw attention to climate catastrophe, Michael Urbanec, June 28, 2019, www.mywebtimes.com (Archived)

WCMY 1430 Radio Interview with LG Williams by Rick Koshko  (6.17.19) — Website  (Archived)
WCMY 1430 Radio Interview with LG Williams by Rick Koshko (6.17.19) — Soundcloud

Don't Look At That Tree (2019) by LG Williams
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The End Of The Party: Geometrie Variable, Parc du Domaine les Crayères, Reims, France, May 17 – June 30, 2013. Curated by Baron Osuna.
Watch the video: click here

LG Williams The Party Is Over Reims France Baron Osuna Tree

Exhibiting in ONLY CONNECT OSAKA at Creative Center Osaka Japan (CCO) 23 February – 17 March

LG Williams exhibits at Only Connect Osaka -- Creative Center Osaka Japan (CCO)

LG Williams exhibits at Only Connect Osaka -- Creative Center Osaka Japan (CCO)

Exhibiting in Japan once again — with @soshimatsunobe et al — during ONLY CONNECT OSAKA at Creative Center Osaka Japan (CCO) from 23 February through 17 March 2019.

Installation Pictured Above: LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™, Good Morning, Jeffrey: I Was Very Much Fascinated by Your Current Predicament — Right? — Right — OMG!!!! Living A Lie (Havel/Hovel Foxhole). Or, Perhaps It Is Better To Say, The Full Interview Will Air on Wednesday. Strike That And Imagine This: Indian, Butterfly, Three-Tiered Perspective LoL (Lots of Inane Things…), 2012/2016, Dimensions Variable, (One Shot) 30″ Confetti Canon (Exploded) On Building. Private Collection: Yusaku Maezawa, Tokyo, Japan. Photo Copyright © 1969-2019 LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™. All Rights Reserved.

www.onlyconnect-osaka.com
Dates: 23 February Through 17 March 2019

The Estate of LG Williams would like to thank Baron Osuna, Soshi Matsunobe and The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their generous support — ie BPS&Vinnie 🐕 ❤️

The Book Of…[Your Name Here]

LG Williams The Book Of

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.

The books are published by PCP Press and available on Amazon.com.

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FIAC 2016 Grand Palais PARIS:
LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams (2013) — Massimo De Carlo And Elmgreen & Dragset (2016)

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Los Angeles Artist LG Williams Thanks DNC Wikileaks Contributors With Artwork

Press Release — For Immediate Release
July 26, 2016

   
     

Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors! by LG Williams
LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™, Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors!, 2016, Reflective Ink on Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminium with Aluminium Backing

    “After reading through a couple of the Wikileaks DNC documents, I decided to make this heart-felt artistic gesture of appreciation. I want every Democratic donor to know that I am grateful for all their contributions,” Williams said.“LG had an artistic epiphany, there is no other way to explain it. This beautiful image came to his mind. He had to make this artwork for this generous group of people, the DNC donors, who just got rudely outed,” said the Newport Beach gallerist Jamie Brooks.

“This is me in the picture, giving my gratitude to all of the DNC donors in the country!” the artist said.

The eponymous artwork will most certainly become a major art crowd-pleaser amongst the DNC contributors and art collectors, and a permanent fixture of the national art exhibition circuit in the foreseeable future.

It is worth noting that during his prolonged emerging career, Williams has extended many thanks to his audience, colleagues, patrons, benefactors and sheer luck. Among his earlier expressions of gratitude are: Thank You For Coming! (1997), Thank God I’m Not In New York! (2002), Thank God!… (2002, 2010, 2013 and 2014), Calling All Aliens (2009), To My Benefactors and Supporters (2011), and, most recently, Thank You In Advance (2014).

MacArthur Award winning art critic and left-wing radical, Dave Hickey, the so-called “pirate of contemporary art criticism,” applauded the new artwork as “really freakin brilliant!” He continued, “Williams’ artwork strangely and simultaneously evokes all the beauty, sublimity and generosity expressed in the DNC political platform. This is indeed epic visual art free of any political ideology or jargon.”

“Ya know what I’m saying?”—Hickey concluded. “Hand it to Williams, this gesture will become the iconic image of 2016 election year, the must-have object that will unite in solidarity every democratic art collection across the country”.

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NEWPORT BEACH CAThe Los Angeles artist LG Williams has just created a new artwork celebrating the trove of 19,252 internal DNC-related emails released last week by WikiLeaks. The emails reveal how the drive for big money donors consumes the DNC.

The artwork, entitled Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors!, portrays the artist, who was included in the 2011 Venice Biennial Internet Pavilion, “signing,” or manually communicating the physical gesture of “thanks” or “thank you” in American Sign Language to the DNC contributors. More specifically, the artist is depicted with his left hand near his lips, gesturing it forward towards the different tiers of donors who recently were unexpectedly exposed for simply giving money to the Democratic National Committee.

Or, to put it more simply, imagine Williams blowing a kiss to all the monied DNC donors across the nation, and you have an accurate grasp of the artwork — which is currently for sale in a limited edition by Jamie Brooks Fine Art in Costa Mesa, CA.

 

   
Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors! by LG Williams