hard tangled grammar

Sculpture by Stephen Williams
July 11 – July 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 7-10 pm

We are proud to present the first New York solo exhibition of work by Wayfarers alum Stephen Williams. 

Williams is exhibiting a selection of mixed-media sculpture that have the presence of
artifacts - if artifacts were made in the present as a way to establish a living relationship with the past. These are carefully and often impractically crafted works, fabricated from some combination of cardboard, joint compound, epoxy resin, wood, Bondo, plaster, and plastic. The pieces function representationally, employing recognizable forms such as bird decoys, flowers, and fruit to loosely reference traditional craft or to allude to cultural heritage. The work remains removed from the substance of those references and allusions, though, allowing the pieces to resonate in the moment with their own quieting power, rather than project a historical echo.

The artist describes this body of work as a “melting pot of disjointed, disharmonious tunes” sharing “a need to exist.”

Stephen Williams was born in Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Sculpture and Photography. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.