presented by the MAK Center & the Pollock Krasner Foundation
Curated by Priscilla Fraser Music by Greg Walter UNSCA
@the 58th Venice Biennale Santa Maria della Pieta Church May 8-November 24, 2019
For Processional, Todd Williamson illustrates ideas of order and tradition to examine the deep uncertainty and uncontrollable political, social, and cultural movements of our time. Both the work and concept generated for this installation will draw directly from the environment in which it will be displayed, Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Pieta, in Venice. Occupying the long, narrow chapel located to the side of the Church, the space invites a meditative, sequential process of reflection. Drawing from the site’s formal proportions and material richness, the artist has developed a series of works, which encourage contemplation, challenge the perceived order of tradition and ask who are our apostles today? What are their roles? Is the influence of today’s perceived Influencers truly inspirational or dangerously dogmatic?
Williamson’s large-scale canvases will sweep across the chapel’s walls of brick and crumbling plaster. The artworks will propose a new layer to the deep patina of aging plaster and brick. The colors of these new works are connected to what Williamson has termed, “the Modern Apostles and their antithesis”, that is, contemporary influencers and thought-leaders that have the remarkable power to cover, pervade, and completely overwhelm the existing environment. Drawing from the historic tradition of imagined representations of religious figures, Williamson will reconsider the visual “reality” of these individuals.
Displayed inside a vaulted passageway original works of writing will provide moments of pause for deeper contemplation. Through this strategic installation, Williamson encourages a suggested comparison between what we see and what we read. This designed dialogue invites the viewer to reflect upon the connection between reality and perception, between person and personality.
To further stimulate the visitor’s experience, Williamson is collaborating with professor Greg Walter from the University of North Carolina, School of the Performing Arts, with whom he has developed a harmonic Nocturne specific to the installation.
*Please support the creation of this exhibition! Deadline April 15th!**
Sun America Building Sun America Building. main lobby, permanent collection Century City CA
Nashville International Airport Ticketing Lobby "The Destination" 2014-2015 Nashville
Unpolarized Light George Billis Gallery Los Angeles
A Convergence of Souls: Divine Discontent: West Hollywood, CA
A city sponsored Art Installation featuring Todd Williamson with Joe Davidson and Meeson Pae Yang. The 3 artists took 3 large vacant stores in a strip mall in West Hollywood and converted them into an art installation dealing with subjects from teen suicide, the church, mores, questioning institutions, beauty from decay, and ethereal landsca
Thoughts From a Mind Like Mine: George Billis Gallery Los Angeles, CA
HUFFINGTON POST HAIKU REVIEW: Todd Williamson seems in transition, moving from a darker to a lighter palette and toward a more and more articulated surface. No less about light (and shadow) than before, Williamson's abstract paintings now tend to the more consciously sensual. - Peter Frank
Two Solo-Exhibitions: Barbara Davis Gallery Houston, TX
Todd Williamson re-elaborates on the monochrome color field with the addition of a score of horizontal lines arranged in sequence from the top downwards and joined by penetrating blades of light. The interior need for order in the system of thought and pictorial research has made Williamson proceed with a kind of score on the canvas, a kind of plot, a scheme by means of which to read the work. Like musical scores bring order to the sounds transmitted by an indeterminate chaos of simple noises, turning them into a melody, Williamson gives pure color a visual and emotional order through the horizontal lines of his paintings.
The exhibition, ELEVATED, includes contemporary works by Andrea Bianconi, Chuck Close, Paul Fleming, Jenny Holzer, Donald Lipski, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise, Danny Rolph, Ed Ruscha and Todd Williamson. The exhibition is curated by Barbara Davis.
Blurring the Lines: Leu Art Gallery- Belmont University, Nashville, TN 2009
Williamson combines his musical and visual arts talents with a performance in Harton Hall. The performance is a combination of three elements: music written by Greg Walter, a Williamson painting that is slowly revealed and a mirror attached to the back of the canvas to reflect the audience as it slowly turns. The purpose of the performance is to show the audience the influences and emotions that a visual artist feels when creating an original piece of artwork. "Blurring the Lines,"examines the question, “What influences an artist to keep painting?”