July 20, 2020

Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

Michael Williams humorously bends the boundaries of the definition of a painting by using technology to create his artworks
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About the Exhibit - Opening 

Michael Williams exhibit - Opening, is on view at Gladstone Gallery’s 24th street, Chelsea location until July 31st. 

Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“Williams presents a series of large-scale inkjet paintings that continue his exploration of the possibilities and complications inherent to making and understanding a painting in the digital age.” (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

Williams created these works in photoshop with the help of a digital drawing pad and then printing them on canvas. 

Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“[Williams has a] dark sense of humor and continual investigation of the role of the painter in a post-internet world.”  (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

Williams sparks the controversial discussion of analog vs. digital, and if a painting is created digitally, is it a painting as we traditionally know it? Wade Guyton would probably say “I don’t care what you think I’m cashing $$$ for my “paintings.” 

Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“There’s a lot of romance about painting—the painter struggling in his studio, devoted to his medium. I can subscribe to that sort of thinking at times, but I do like that printing insults painting, in a way.” - Michael Williams (source)
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

“Williams’ work highlights both the banality and extraordinary nature of contemporary life, and the works in this presentation continue the artist’s career-long interest in visualizing these complex subjects.” (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“Though there may be hundreds of layers in one of Williams’ paintings, the process of printing flattens the picture down to a single plane, removing any physical evidence of the artist’s complex approach to each composition.” (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

About the Artist - Michael Williams

Williams received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He lives and works in Los Angeles. 

Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“Michael Williams negotiates the long history of painting by consistently questioning––and often undoing––its major components” - David Kordansky Gallery (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“Recent works have been made using a variety of different materials and tools, including oil paint, collage, and airbrushes; some have been composed on a computer using Photoshop and a digital drawing pad before being inkjet-printed onto canvas.” - David Kordansky Gallery (source
Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery
“Williams is unafraid to appear foolish, emotional, naked. That is the risk in making art that takes particulars and then projects universals onto them,” - Dan Nadal (source

Williams is represented by David Kordansky Gallery.

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