telephone booth gallery for immediate release
Exhibition: LG Williams Exhibition
Title: One Square Foot Exhibition
Date: November 10, 2007 – Feburary 28, 2008
Contact Information: email@example.com
Website: www.telephoneboothgallery.com — www.lgwilliams.com
Opening reception for the artist: Thursday, November 10th, from 6 to 8 pm
Silly morons, Next time I will not Take off my Armour — LG Williams (2007) telephonebooth gallery in Kansas City is proud to present a installation of recent art by LG Williams, entitled, “One Square Foot”. Williams conceived this project as one vastly micro and exuberant installation with the décor and balanced order of the typical eighteenth century hôtel particulier in mind.
This most recent group of artworks will be shown in a small, square format, comprising twelve by twelve inches. Williams’s previous Smiley Face series (2007), made at his friend Charlie Colin mountain retreat in Park City, UT, seethed with the visceral energies of happy people.
In “Smiley Face #7…(for Merry)” happy people appear all over the canvas. Happy people are like favored flowers of Japanese aesthetic contemplation, appearing frequently in illustrations, graffiti and cartoons across the nation, and from every period. So happy, they offer a rush of color and texture. Sometimes here, their fragile headiness is captured and memorialized in both image and inscription. Williams points to the human implications that these full-blown, elegiac paintings hold for an artist in the early middle stages of his life and career.
Williams has always blurred the line between painting and drawing, with his strong emphasis on sensation and sensibility, combining elements of gestural abstraction, drawing, and writing in a highly idiosyncratic and potent expression. At once epic and intimate, his work is infused with words, names, and references to poetry, mythology, and history. The alternation between the visible and the hidden, between clear and obscured forms, the struggle between memory and oblivion are unifying themes in his work.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art historian Dr. Julia Friedman will be available. 50 limited edition books signed by the artist are now available at $250.
The exhibition has been funded by Elizabeth and Akim Aron, Kansas City, MO. The exhibition is dedicated to Merry Kaden.
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