KENT WILLIAMS | eklektikos
02 September 6 – 8 pm | opening reception thursday evening through September 30
Applying his distinctive draftsmanship and painterly breadth, Williams continues to investigate the direct portrayal of human physiognomy and character. Presenting us with paintings that show us both, the figure in states of quiet observation, as well as in full-blown struggles, Williams oscillates between how he portrays the contradictions posed by common existential realities. Like a vivisection of sorts, the figures in Williams’ canvases are often taken apart and physically fragmented by their surroundings. The intercut sections of the human body within Williams‘ turbid abstracted backgrounds, suggests that this atmospheric mien is a proposal on how one’s own environment plays a role in the stability of one’s emotional life. This observance reveals life as a series of changes, brought on at times, by personal choices and at other times, external ones but always compounded with the force these changes have on one’s daily life and perspective. Whether it‘s etched upon the faces of his subjects or shown through the shards of their fractaling selves, the inherent psychology of this kind of struggle is all in the paint and portrayal of the figures and the spaces they occupy.