November 3 - December 1 2012
“In a palace there is no place for intimacy” – Gaston Bachelard
Young Art is pleased to present Intimate Values, an exhibition of new paintings and installation by Jessica Williams. The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 6 to 9pm and the show will remain on view through December 1, 2012.
Williams’ new paintings employ enduring genres of landscape, still life and self-portraiture to portray the complex and contradictory nature of the subjective. While maintaining a deeply engaged relationship with photography, memory and experience Williams draws from both the personal and collective to further her interest in self-mythologies and interior life. Through allegory, archetype and figurative representation Williams confronts the psychological attributes of the physical world. Ever present is an abiding sense of art history. Williams uninhibitedly plays with affect and style, allowing influences of Romanticism, Symbolism, Russian poetry and Jewish folk art to act out scenes across the stage of the canvas.
Most recently, Williams has begun working in sets of three; painting multiple perspectives of the same subject. Although origins of the imagery are deeply rooted in the artist’s personal narrative, through recital and repetition the once intimate and private moments are reflected outward and released of ownership. In Broken Cup no. 1, 2, and 3, distinct scenes of a broken glass dramatize a sense of rupture and elicit the malleable space of recollection. The Road series uses the same format. In a palette of pared down greens and grays, a road slightly curves over a rural landscape and disappears, surfacing sentiments of pursuit, impermanence and loss. Amongst these trios the paintings resist and betray each other. The captured image along with its associative values are animated and a singular reality is rejected. Williams refuses formal consistency exercising varying degrees of opacity and an ever-shifting handling of paint. In Fall Privacy, 2012 a female figure stands central and poised while her surroundings dissolve into atmospheric layers of lush colorful shapes. Perspective slips and misaligns, pointing again to themes of fragmentation and subjectivity. The perfume bottle, a reoccurring motif in Williams’ work, becomes an active agent alluding to the idea of the internal. In these richly suggestive and referential works, Williams encourages imagery to move freely between states of being to states of collapse. Transience persists while nuances of emotion and style preside.
Williams studied at Columbia University (MFA 2008) and the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 2005). Her work been included in group exhibitions at the Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles; 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. She has exhibit solo exhibitions at Important Projects, Oakland and Heist Gallery, NYC.
Williams lives and works in Los Angeles. Intimate Values will be her second solo exhibition with the gallery.