James Brendan Williams
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Composed of industrial and found materials, the uncanny installations of James Brendan Williams evoke common, yet rarely noticed, components of the built environment. Provisional structures, street signs, and cast-off objects are brought from the periphery to the center in this emerging artist’s vision. In a process he describes as “uncoding,” Williams infuses these everyday objects with new resonances that are at once beautiful, humorous, and disquieting. Through his cross-media practice, Williams also pushes at the boundaries between the handmade and mass-produced, natural and artificial, art and “non-art” materials. Stripped of fixed meaning, the work reflects and amplifies the wonder and absurdity of the changing world around us.

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Shift Shape
Shift Shape
Paper mounted to board, wood, mesh fabric, paint, 2011
Hood
Hood
Paper mounted to board, wood, window screen, paint, 2011
As If By Wizardry
As If By Wizardry
Fishing net, flagging tape, dowels, 2011
Summer of Air Guitar
Summer of Air Guitar
Fishing net, flagging tape, wood, paint, tennis balls, 2012
JV Prepper
JV Prepper
Chromogenic print, push pin, plastic rock, shelf, 2012
Interference
Interference
Paper mounted to board, pearlescent acrylic, 2012
Interference
Interference
Paper mounted to board, pearlescent acrylic, 2012
Interference
Interference
Paper mounted to board, pearlescent acrylic, 2012
Interference
Interference
Paper mounted to board, pearlescent acrylic, 2012
Interference
Interference
Paper mounted to board, pearlescent acrylic, 2012
Stick Figure
Stick Figure
Bucket, shovel handle, plastic bag, underwear, socks, safety pins, live plant, 2012
Trabuco
Trabuco
Stretched fabric, 2012
Another Tear in the Ocean
Another Tear in the Ocean
Fishing net, flagging tape, wood, paint, tennis balls, racquetball, plastic, papier-mâché, and a coccinellid, 2013
Untitled
Untitled
Wake with the Light
Wake with the Light
Wood, paint, plastic, yarn, leather, aquarium rocks, concrete, ceramic pot, 2013
Temporary Measures
Temporary Measures
Construction net, flagging tape, wood, paint, tennis ball, 2013
Angle of Repose
Angle of Repose
Wood, paint, marble rocks, gallery wall, 2013
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Wood, paint, window screen, debris screen, gallery wall, 2013
Range
Range
Debris screen, wood, paint, 2013
Range
Range
Debris screen, wood, paint, 2013
Range
Range
Debris screen, wood, paint, thread, 2013
Behind the Mountain, Another Mountain
Behind the Mountain, Another Mountain
Insulation foam board, paint, pallet, 2013
Pointy Hat Parade
Pointy Hat Parade
Wood, paint, 2013
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