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LA-based Lisa Williamson’s minimal, pristinely executed works dance around the ever-potent boundary between abstraction and representation. Like Brancusi’s abstracted natural forms, Williamson distills and alters her subjects, while still retaining their essence, seen here in Tree.
LA-based Lisa Williamson’s minimal, pristinely executed works dance around the ever-potent boundary between abstraction and representation. Like Brancusi’s abstracted natural forms, Williamson distills and alters her subjects, while still retaining their essence, seen here in Tree. Pared down to the tree’s vertical and horizontal lines (possibly a pine tree?) in green with red tips, the work does not look like a tree, though it certainly embodies the idea of a tree. Characteristic of Williamson’s work, her abstracted tree form possesses a unique bit of humor and personality. Williamson has been in gallery shows throughout the US and Europe, and her work was featured in Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, LACMA, Los Angeles; Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and California Biennial, The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach.
gallery websites: www.tifsigfrids.com, www.shanecampbellgallery.com
Image rights: courtesy of the artist, tif sigfrids, los angeles; and shane campbell gallery, chicago
About Lisa Williamson
Engaged with the legacy of Minimalism, Lisa Williamson’s abstract sculptures emphasize the formal quality of “material as material,” focusing on its physicality rather than seeing it as a blank slate upon which to explore art historical codes or themes. She creates floor sculptures and wall sculptures that function as paintings, drawing attention to color, shape, and texture. Williams has no signature materials, having used aluminum, Plexiglas, and steel; she also composes works on paper, experimenting with list making, rhymes, puns, and doodles as part of her practice. In Teal Legs (2011), she bent hand-painted steel rods in the color teal and installed them in such a way that they partially lay on the floor and partially ran up the gallery wall, a playful yet highly formal exploration of the material’s physical properties, including shape, color, and malleability.
American, b. 1977, Chicago, Illinois, based in Los Angeles, California