Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Painting" by Margaux Williamson - FRESH PICKS V1E15

This artwork is part of a series of studies that Margaux made in oil paint on small prepared birch panels. The paintings in the series were all conceived at a cottage in Pigeon Lake, Ontario, in the fall of 2008. She was there with her friend, the writer Sheila Heti, whom she has worked along side of and collaborated with on various projects since 2006. During this trip, they were working separately but talking a great deal about paintings and books. The paintings in this series all reflect that specific time and were used as open and intuitive explorations to help Williamson think about a future project.

Margaux Williamson was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Toronto since 2000. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading young painters by curators and critics including The Toronto Star which called her “one of the best painters of her generation.” Most recently, she exhibited a group of studies at LES Gallery in Vancouver. Her last solo show, Trophy Ghost, was exhibited at Fette’s Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008, and in 2007 she premiered The Girls show Dostoyevsky the new darkness at the Marvelli Gallery in New York. In 2008, she was highlighted in Canadian Art Magazine as a young artist to watch. In Fall 2008, her experimental art project and movie, Teenager Hamlet, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in their art section, Future Projections. The National Post helpfully wrote of the project, “Since the words ‘experimental feature’ can strike fear into most art viewers’ hearts, the watchability of this was indeed a pleasant surprise.” In early 2009, a video she compiled from videos of teenagers dancing in their basements, which she subsequently posted on YouTube, was called by the New York Times Magazine, “One of the best things to have seen on a screen in 2008.” She has worked with many other artists, including, most recently with the writer, Sheila Heti, on a story they worked on together for a McSweeny’s publication about a fictional town of Waterloo, based in reality, set in the future.

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