New Drawings/Unrolled Telescopes

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New Hat, 2012 Ink And Varnish On Paper 40" × 27.6" © Courtesy of the Artist and Angell Gallery
New Drawings/Unrolled Telescopes

1444 Dupont Street
Unit 15
Toronto, Ontario M6P 4H3
August 23rd, 2012 - September 22nd, 2012

Wed-Sat 12-5pm or by appointment


ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present "New Drawings/Unrolled Telescopes", a special exhibition by Adrian Williams. The exhibition will be on display in the East Gallery from August 23 to September 22, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Thursday August 23, 6:00 - 9:00pm.

Adrian Williams was a founding member of Winnipeg’s Royal Art Lodge, an internationally renowned artist’s collective that has exhibited around the world. Like many of the Lodge’s members, Williams has incorporated a variety of media into his work, including found objects, consumer waste, and conventional art supplies like paper, paint and canvas.

The newest body of work in William’s upcoming exhibition "New Drawings/Unrolled Telescopes" takes a shifting direction. Entirely drawing based, Williams withdraws from his previous approach with collage objects to achieve an intricate visual illustration of mediaeval-inspired paintings through the traditional medium of ink and paper.

Drawing inspirations from early 20th century prints and diagrams, vintage circus posters as well as theatre and simple urban meandering, the resulting images depict the surreal and ambiguous tales of characters caught in unusual predicaments. Premising on simple metaphors – a keyhole as uterus, a young forest as a mind – the images therein function as free associative strands of thread, stories caught in a tapestry (or spider web) of lines, buttressing the whole.

Coherently and incoherently conceived, conditions of politics and sexual politics; nature and in/humanity; life as theatre, all played a part in these intricately bound images. And for whatever it is worth, comedy as well.

Adrian Williams (b. 1974, Hamilton Ontario) is a Canadian visual artist from Winnipeg, MB and a graduate from the University of Manitoba. He has been exhibiting his work in solo and group shows for several years, and has spent subsequent periods producing work in Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and Winnipeg. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

His work is drawing based, usually on wood or paper, often using collage, paint, varnish and other miscellaneous material. Subject matter drifts between the philosophical, the despondent and the humorous. All to say, failed poetry.