makcenter.org/programming/processional/MAK Center announces participation in 58th International Venice Biennale w "PROCESSIONAL" by artist Todd Williamson-*for immediate release
"When music is in the picture"
Gallery Stenzel presents works by the American painter Todd Williamson.
By Nue Ammann
"The gallery Stenzel is not really for abstract realism, informal or color surface painting, but the work of Todd Williamson impressed me, and I thought 'I'm trying'," says Jürgen Stenzel. He is one of the first gallery owners in Germany to exhibit the paintings of American artist Todd Williamson. An art agency had presented the works of the painter, who had been much-respected in the United States for several years, at Art Cologne, where they convinced Jürgen Stenzel. The musical-mathematical poetry of Todd Williamson's paintings inspired the vernissage audience alike....
One of the special features of the paintings by Todd Williamson is the linearly structured image surface. "I use lines to control the colors, because they do not act aggressively, even when they are particularly bright and powerful," explains Williamson. Said lines are, however, not to be understood as incorporating a contrasting or striking grid, but rather the artist forms it through the application and removal of innumerable color layers by means of its special doctor blade technique. Thus, despite their relief-like elevation, they are not indistinguishable from the actual coloring of the image, but appear only as an ordering structure. The different color areas, however, sit like music notes on and between the lines, or form a kind of lasting fundamental tone, which runs over the whole picture. Williamson also fixes rhythmic aspects in this way in his paintings and thus paints music. This individual approach becomes particularly evident through the biography of the artist, who had studied music before he turned to painting. He likes to collaborate with composers whose musical works he uses on the canvas in rhythmic color compositions. "It is a common process, I visualize parts of a piece of music, and the resulting pictures inspire the composer to further arrangements." Thus the painting cycle in Seefeld is a composition by Greg Walter entitled "Polifonia di un Paesaggio "and was first shown in Naples in November 2015....
In 1964 he was born in Cullman, a small town in Alabama, studied Todd Williamson at the University of Belmont and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is also chairman of the West Hollywood Arts and Culture Committee. In the USA his works were shown together with works by well-known artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer and Laddie John Dill. He has received several awards as an artist, including the renowned "Pollock Krasner Foundation Award" in 2010. His works are found in many international private collections as well as state museums.
The exhibition entitled "Sounds of Painting" can be seen in the Stenzel Gallery, in the courtyard of Seefeld Castle, until Sunday, May 14, Thursdays to Sundays, from 1 pm to 6 pm.