Native New Yorker Alexa Williams has been contemplating and abstracting landscapes for over 10 years. After she graduated from The San Francisco Art Institute in 2001, she moved to Spain to spend some time painting near the sea, where her horizon series began to form.
Upon moving to Red Hook Brooklyn, the industrial waterfront motivated a new direction, and straying from traditional art making materials she started a body of work on sheet metal using wax and oxidation processes, presenting the nostalgia of her landscape eroded into the steel by the rust itself.
Subsequently she moved on to working in concrete using sand, stones and flora foraged from nearby coastlines and mixed with white cement and water. In this collection of work, Williams considered strength of footing in a city rebuilding itself after Hurricane Sandy, the challenge of civilization vs. wilderness, and the fragility of a moment.
Presently she continues to work with concrete, but has since abandoned any representation of a landscape. Working entirely abstractly, Williams is honing in on the relationships between organic and inorganic, strength and vulnerability, control and happenstance. In this new direction her mark making tools consist of an industrial array of construction chalk, spray paint, and graphite, corralling her urban surroundings and exposing a tenderness in such a durable world. By removing the context of the horizon, she unveils a more human experience of looking out from where she is standing, allowing the materials themselves to represent her urban landscape.
E D U C A T I O N:
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE: Bachelors of Fine Arts, painting 1997-2001
R E S I D E N C I E S:
THE VERMONT STUDIO CENTER: Partial Fellowship for Winter Residency 2010
THE COOPER UNION: Summer Residency for painting, 2008
S E L E C T E D E X H I B I T I O N S:
GALLERY BROOKLYN: “WHERE WE STAND” Solo show, Red Hook, BK, 2013
GIACOBETTI-PAUL GALLERY: “WAX, SALT AND STEEL” Solo show, Dumbo, 2011
GIACOBETTI-PAUL GALLERY: “Coming Soon”, Group show, Dumbo, 2011
ONEWAY GALLERY: Group Show, Narragansett, RI, June 2010-January 2011
SCHAEFER LANDING: Solo Show, Williamsburg, NY, 2009
WINDHAM FINE ARTS: “A Moment Suspended” Group Show, Windham, NY, 2007
33 CROSBY STREET: Solo show. Manhattan, 2005
CURB ART SPACE: Group show. Manhattan, 2005
CURB ART SPACE: “Distances”. Show with Mark Bouthilette. NYC, 2004
GREELY SQUARE GALLERY: Solo show. Manhattan April 2004
P R O F E S S I O N A L A R T I S T I C E X P E R I E N C E:
PHOTOGRAPHER: Part Time/Freelance 2002-PRESENT
Promotional materials including actor’s & musician’s portraits & album covers.Lifestyle, weddings, and various events.
SCULPTURE CONSERVATOR: Wilson Conservation 2004-2011
Senior inpainter, studio manager, and manager of onsite maintenance of private collections. Skilled in consolidating, casting, patinating, rebuilding, and inpainting of historic and contemporary works in various materials including stone, synthetics, wood, ceramics, and bronze. Experience ranging from the historic bronzes of the U.S. Capitol to the works of Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Donald Judd for clients including prominent galleries, private collectors and auction houses.
T V A N D M O V I E R E N T A L S
SIRI: Paintings featured in Apple commercial for "Siri" 2011
NURSE JACKIE: Paintings featured in Season 4 of Showtime TV show, 2011
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Paintings featured in Season 8 of HBO TV show, 2010.
AROUND THE BLOCK: Paintings featured in short film, October 2008
RESCUE ME: Paintings featured in Season 2 of FX television drama, June 2005
P R E S S:
DOSSIER: “Wax, Salt and Steel” April, 2011
DOSSIER: “Home at the Atlantic Yards” April, 2010
ATLANTIC YARDS REPORT: “A mural…‘home’” April, 2010
NEW YORK TIMES: “In Herald Square, a Monument Is Ready for Action” September 17, 2007
CAPITAL DISTRICT HOME AND STYLE: “A Moment Suspended” June, 2007