Michelle Y Williams, ‘1308’, Exhibit by Aberson

artist's statement

"Inspiration for my work is both selective and completely random. I’m certain that influences must come, to a certain degree, from things that enliven and excite me - imperfections, flaws, rust, asymmetry, the texture of concrete, peeling paint from something old, the principles of wabi-sabi - and artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Hans Josephsohn and Louise Nevelson. Despite all that stimulus, I find that approaching a blank canvas and simply beginning with no preconceived notions of the end result provides greater gratification. I endeavor to find balance within the work, light vs dark, expressionism vs minimalism, and in that process must instinctively recognize when it feels complete. Using varied elements in my work - acrylics, oils, sand and pure pigments - and applying these to different substrates - canvas, metal, Plexiglas, wood and clay, I eliminate any self-imposed constraints in the creative process. Not confining myself to one medium enables me to experiment, explore and evolve- invariably refining my craft. Through primarily non-representational imagery, the observer is left with only abstract emotions and instinctual responses towards the painting - feelings and memories are free to manifest based on actual life experiences. If I am able to engage the observer, make a connection which couldn’t be conveyed verbally and ultimately elicit a visceral reaction - my work is done."

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2015 "Voilà l'été", Envie D'Art, Paris, France
2013 "Recent Paintings", Addison Gallery, Delray Beach, FL
2012 "Best Laid Plans", Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
2011 “Headlock”, michelle y williams gallery, Houston, TX
2011 “Interact”, Kaller Fine Arts, Bethesda, MD
2011 “Canvas”, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
2010 “Dialectic”, michelle y williams gallery, Houston, TX
2010 “Project A5”, Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2009 “Fire & Ice”, michelle y williams gallery, New Orleans, LA
2008 “Divergent Abstractions”, Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, NM
2008 “artWorks”, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX
2008 “New Works”, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA
2007 “Texas Connection”, Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 “Abstraction-Three Points of View”, Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, NM
2007 “Paintings & Sculpture”, AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2007 “Lightness”, Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 “Recent Works”, Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, LA
2007 “Pulse”, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX
2006 “Cross Currents: American Paintings”, Kevin Barry, Los Angeles, CA
2006 “Urban Series”. Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 “Urban Series NY”, Phoenix Fine Art, Nyack, NY
2005 “New Paintings”, Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, LA
2005 “Recent Paintings”, Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 “Third Anniversary Show”, Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 MAC Fine Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2004 Bering James Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 “1000 Words”. Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 Swanson Reed Galleries, Louisville, KY
2003 “Recent Works”, Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 “Recent Paintings” Phoenix Fine Art, New York, NY
2003 “Williams - Betz”, Betz Gallery, Houston, TX
2002 “Natural Selection”, Dragon Gallery, Hamptons, NY

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