Artifact of the Equinox
RARE is pleased to present Artifact of the Equinox, Philadelphia artist Brett Williams‘ New York solo debut. Williams’ installation, affectingly titled Untitled, which takes up virtually the entire floor space of the gallery, seeks to enchant visitors by conveying them to an alien, yet familiar, place.
Inspired by film set design and the works of Marcel Duchamp and Jackson Pollock, Williams deploys an array of skills and techniques to build a structure of iconic stature. He utilizes engineering and architectural principles, furniture-crafting techniques, perspective-driven design, and Minimalism not only to understand his own life experiences, but also to transmit his questions to an audience in engaging and thought-provoking ways.
The artist’s passenger car-shaped structure serves up a paradoxical experience – while the enclosure initially elicits a sense of entrapment and anxiety with its narrowing interior perspective, the shifting lights and the shimmering landscape that envelops the car create a dreamy and surreal environment that is both fluid and vibrant. By distorting the distinctions between reality and the absurd, this white-on-white work actively projects into the open the aesthetic madness of everyday monotony. At the same time, Untitled reassures us that regardless of its ostensible mundanity, the world remains in a perennial state of movement.
Williams graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2013 with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. His preferred approach to art-making is to employ a broad skillset to design and construct large-scale sculptures, such as the massive firebird for Phoenixville, Pennsylvania’s annual Firebird Festival and Like Clockwork (2013), a full-scale, white-on-white recreation of protagonist Alex DeLarge’s bedroom from the movie A Clockwork Orange.