Williams uses digital fabrication techniques to create translucent porcelain relief objects of local housing called lithophanes, which the artist then mounts to the end of telescopes. While the artist employs web searches and photography as part of his process, his use of an observation instrument designed to enhance our gaze actually reveals our distance from and proximity to the recent housing crisis in the U.S. By placing us in a position to view Wilmington’s apartment buildings through a lens in the gallery, he visualizes the domestic sphere in a contemporary artistic setting.
Williams also examines Wilmington’s residential life through a series of ink drawings on vellum. Created on this semi transparent substrate, each rendering features a delicate line drawing of a local home. The blank space between the lines reinforces such dualities as presence and absence, emptiness and fullness, and hints at the fragility of what we think of as a fixed object. Our conventional idea of a warm and welcoming home is ultimately resignified by Williams’ stark and skeletal representation of this powerful symbol of the American dream.
Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art