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SIX SECOND GALLERY presents Gregory Williams

2017

WHIPS, CRACKS, STRUCTURES AND FLOWS 17 08 17 These drawings emit the sense of a scuffle on the surface of the psyche. They are developed through a strategic and evolving approach. This series uses Edmond Van Dooren’s dynamic grid, (1896–1965, Antwerp, Belgium). Here it is selected as the system ‘allowing most mobility re the passage between spatial dimensions’ and also rejecting the convention of perspective. Gregory Williams begins with the isometric grid onto which elements emerge and disperse. Blocks form and rotate, tangled lines appear to shear away from the two dimensional plane. Williams addresses the confinement and predictability of the grid. Chance is engaged through frottage, a conscious nod to Max Ernst. He uses collage and deploys Oscar Dominguez's technique of ‘decalcomania’ to populate the surface. Williams conjures his subconscious through the strategy of doodling. As habitual processes appear they are questioned. He continually invents procedures through which to continue; rules and counter-rules are introduced as suspicious elements arise. This approach has a basis in Williams’s continued and in depth education. He studied philosophy under Catherine Malabou (a student of Derrida) and Eric Alliez (a student of Deleuze). He is currently engaged in a practice-based doctorate, A Theory of Practice: The Value of Surrealist Drawing for A Reassessment of Contemporary Drawing, at the University of Manchester under the tutelage of David Lomas. He has completed an MA in Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (2013) and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies at Goldsmiths College (2009). He previously completed a BA in Drawing at Camberwell in 2005. © Galen Riley 2017 SIX SECOND is an intermittent exhibition programme hosted by artist Galen Riley in Ridley Road, Dalston, London.

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