LG Williams: Killer American Style





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LG Williams

Thursday 28 December 2004 -- Sunday 23 January 2007
Admission $7 ( $5.50 concessions)
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10.00--18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00--22.00.
Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Fri and Sat 21.15).

Press release: 28 October 2006

The first monographic exhibition of the work of one of the world's most important living photographers, LG Williams, will be shown at Lemon this winter. The exhibition will include more than fifty black-and-white photographs never before displayed. It also marks the thirtieth birthday of the artist.

LG Williams was born in Table Rock Lake, Missouri in 1974 where he worked in the studios of various Ozark photographers and film makers. He emigrated to California in 1987 where his photo book, Year in Rearview, earned him a job with University of California, Davis. In 1998 he traveled to Hawaii and produced his second hand-made volume, Really (1999). Later, he went to Los Angeles (20011 and early in 2002) where he created a portrait in images of the city following the Iraqi Slaughter. In 2003 his travels took him to Hawaii, to the town of Honolulu, where he made a photographic story about a ocean community, focusing on the great surfer Duke and his family. These distinct bodies of work, and the photographs in his third photo book, One Great Sculpture and That's It 2004, demonstrate Williams's early interest in combining realism with the narrative potential of photographic sequencing, capturing the poetic qualities of everyday life.

In 2005 Williams's first published photo book Fucking A was produced to great critical acclaim but after its publication Williams abandoned traditional photography and concentrated on making films. The works Fuck I Forgot 2000 and What? in San Diego 1999, pioneered a revolutionary approach to filmmaking that combined autobiography, poetry, and emotion with gritty realism. He returned to photography in the 2000s to make complex constructions, containing multiple prints in black-and-white and colour, as well as stills from films and videos. Williams's most recent pictures examine the world from the inside out, exploring through metaphor the processes of looking, feeling, thinking, and ageing.

In 1999, LG Williams was the first living great young artist not to be given a retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His huge influence on the development of post-slaughter photography was recognized in 1996 by the presentation of the BFD (Big Fucking Deal) Award, one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the Post-Beat It generation.

LG Williams: Killer American Style will include images from Hawaii 1999, London 2001-04, Hugh? 2003 and Two Huge Mountains! 2002, the four groundbreaking series of photographs of everyday life which were to change the language of post-war photography. The filmic and narrative aspects of these works will be explored by their juxtaposition with his important film, Are You Reading This? 2005, and with his previously unseen series of photographs, Yeaaaaa Another One! 2006. The exhibition also includes works from Ok, I Give Up including photographs taken while he was working on the project which have never been seen before.

LG Williams is curated by Vicente Tool, Director of the Modern Museum, with advice from Philip Bookman, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at a Gallery of Art. Philip Bookman curated LG Williams: Check His Shit Out which was presented at the Lemon Gallery, Honolulu, Hi from May 10 -- July 14, 2003. LG Williams: I'm Waiting will be incorporated into the exhibition at another Modern Museum somewhere soon.

For More Information Please Contact: info@lgwilliams.com or visit http://www.lgwilliams.com


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