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James Brendan Williams

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20130827001926-2013
Another Tear in the Ocean, 2013 Fishing Net, Flagging Tape, Wood, Paint, Tennis Balls, Racquetball, Plastic, Papier-mâché, and a Coccinellid Variable
20131216212736-2013
Wake with the Light, 2013 Wood, Paint, Plastic, Yarn, Leather, Aquarium Rocks, Concrete, Ceramic Pot 75 X 27 X 16 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20131216213004-2013
Temporary Measures, 2013 Construction Net, Flagging Tape, Wood, Paint, Tennis Ball Dimensions Variable © James Brendan Williams
20131216213223-2013
Angle of Repose, 2013 Wood, Paint, Marble Rocks, Gallery Wall Dimensions Variable © James Brendan Williams
20131216213411-2013
Thin Skin, 2013 Wood, Paint, Window Screen, Debris Screen, Gallery Wall 31.25 X 21 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Range, 2013 Debris Screen, Wood, Paint 36 X 58 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20131216213751-2013
Range, 2013 Debris Screen, Wood, Paint, Thread 36 X 58 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Range, 2013 Debris Screen, Wood, Paint 48 X 77 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20131216214115-2013
D Loper, 2013 Wood, Paint, Papier-mâché, Concrete, Ceramic Pots 84 X 31 X 30 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20131216214317-2013
Behind the Mountain, Another Mountain, 2013 Insulation Foam Board, Paint, Pallet 50.5 X 36 X 36 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20131216214502-2013
Pointy Hat Parade, 2013 Wood, Paint 48 X 33 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Some Slang, 2013 Cardboard, Papier-mâché, Paint, Wood 44.75 X 242.85 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Rescheme, 2013 Flagging Tape Woven Through Fishing Net Wrapped Over Acrylic on Canvas 20 X 16" © James Brendan Williams
20120523174649-2011
Hood, 2011 Paper Mounted to Board, Wood, Window Screen, Paint 30 X 22 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20120523174532-2011
Shift Shape, 2011 Paper Mounted to Board, Wood, Mesh Fabric, Paint 27 X 34 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20120523174806-2011
As If By Wizardry, 2011 Fishing Net, Flagging Tape, Dowels 120 X 80 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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JV Prepper, 2013 Chromogenic Print, Paint, Push Pin, Plastic Rock, Shelf 16 X 16 X 4.5 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20120523174923-2012
Summer of Air Guitar, 2012 Fishing Net, Flagging Tape, Wood, Paint, Tennis Balls Dimensions Variable © James Brendan Williams
20120523175105-2012
Trabuco, 2012 Stretched Fabric 36 X 26.5 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Silver Saw, 2012 Fabric, Rubber Cord 72 X 46 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Stick Figure, 2012 Bucket, Shovel Handle, Plastic Bag, Underwear, Socks, Safety Pins, Live Plant 54 X 12 X 12 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Interference, 2012 Paper Mounted to Board, Pearlescent Acrylic 21 X 21 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Interference, 2012 Paper Mounted to Board, Pearlescent Acrylic 21 X 21 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20120523180000-2012
Interference, 2012 Paper Mounted to Board, Pearlescent Acrylic 21 X 21 Inches © James Brendan Williams
20120523175907-2012
Interference, 2012 Paper Mounted to Board, Pearlescent Acrylic 48 X 31.75 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Interference, 2012 Paper Mounted to Board, Pearlescent Acrylic 48 X 31.75 Inches © James Brendan Williams
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Plateau, 2015 Enamel on Two-way Mirrored Acrylic, and Wood 17 15/16” X 12 15/16” © James Brendan Williams
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Quick Facts
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Schools
SVA (School of Visual Arts New York), 2012, MFA
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, 1998, BS
Tags
found, industrial, woven, absurd, structure, tape, tapestry, weave, mesh, absurdity, Void, conceal, cover, camouflage, invisible, removal, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, photography
Statement

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.