I'm Coming Over
February 5 - March 6 2011
I'm coming over, so move over, make the bed up, pull the covers down, tear the sheets off, fluff up the pillow and remove them, I'm coming over, I'm Madonna on a mattress and I'm coming over - X
Williams presents a selection of recent paintings, large and small. Images of still lifes, interiors, windows, and portraits are painted with bold gesture and a distinctive palette. She draws her subjects from her immediate surroundings: first-hand accounts, personal and found photos, video stills, and daily life ephemera.
The resulting work inhabits a space between anticipation and recollection, between unconsciousness and recognition. There is a free sense of historical reference in the work – a space where expressionism, youtube video captures, suburban LA interiors and cinematic intimacy can coexist. The influence of photography and a sense of the captured moment pervade the work. Both relate to Williams' ongoing fascination with memory, metaphor, mythology, and symbolism. Each work is a physical record of her conversation with a subject; some have been painted over many times with visible traces of previous stages in the thick brushwork while others are composed with delicate veils of color.
Jessica Williams was born in 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. She studied at Columbia University (MFA 2008) and the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 2005). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Gallery KM, Los Angeles; Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City; Scott Projects, Chicago; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) Portland; Thierry Goldberg Projects, NYC and she has had a solo exhibition at Heist Gallery, NYC.