May 22 - June 26, 2021
From Erin Cluley Gallery:
“In his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, ZEKE WILLIAMS creates montages of dazzling pattern, shape, and color. Beginning as outlined compositions making reference to landscape imagery of National Parks, the works on wood are imbued with the artist’s customized patterns reminiscent of quilting designs. Evolving from previous works executed as digital paintings printed onto canvas, the works featured in OVER AND BACK find themselves being made with the same set of digital tools but with the return of the artist’s hand.
Williams’ new works are created by laser-cutting and engraving wood pieces and hand painting them with an array of colors – some areas even chose to be left bare to reveal the natural properties of the wood. The pieces are then assembled together like a puzzle, emphasizing Williams’ love for games and playful qualities in art making. The discovery of working with engraved wood in the studio came about when Williams was printmaking with a woodblock and came to realize that the wooden plate was more enticing than the print itself.
Although much of his work leans into the abstract realm, OVER AND BACK focuses on Williams’ recent venture into landscapes. The images are sourced from photographs taken by his grandparents while on trips to National Parks such as Yellowstone and Zion during the artist’s youth.
ZEKE WILLIAMS was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1979, grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and received his BA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Following graduation, he went on to work at the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas and has contributed writing for Glasstire, an online Texas-based media outlet for arts criticism.
Williams’ work has been exhibited in spaces such as The Arlington Museum of Art, North Park Center, and Site 131, and is included in the collections of Toyota Headquarters, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. Williams has been a participant in both the Joong Boo Artist Residency and the residency at the Sydney Art Space. His work has been featured in publications including The Dallas Morning News, Glasstire, D Magazine, and Arts and Culture Texas.
Williams lives and works in Dallas, TX and recently received his MFA at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX in Spring 2021. He enjoys musical theater, NBA basketball, drag performances, and sandwiches served on French bread. “
On View: May 22, 2021 | 5–8 pm
150 Manufacturing Street, Suite 210
Dallas , 75212 Texas