Originally Here to Observe
by Senon Williams
We are pleased to present the international debut of Senon Williams – whom many in Cambodia may already know as the charismatic bass player of the iconic psych-rock band Dengue Fever.
Senon’s search for truth leaves him amazed and baffled. Creating art is his meditation on meaning in the face of a fraught existence. His works on paper begin with fragments of humanity’s ongoing questions. The pairing of words and imagery suggest deeper meaning by creating a dialogue that invites us to support or defy multiple conclusions, how do we help and how do we hurt? His mind is filled with Jagged thoughts, art is the outlet.
Native to Los Angeles, Senon Williams is a lifelong visual artist and musician. Williams’ work finds space in the natural, exposing outstanding and devastating stages of human evolution. “To provoke thought, a question works better then answers. I enjoy to start a story I resolve in different ways depending on my mood,” says Williams. With imagery ranging from stark silhouettes to lush landscapes and human forms staged in undetermined acts of hope, his pairing of words and imagery suggest deeper meaning. A poignant visualization of the inherent human struggle both ancient and contemporary.
Editions of ‘Hunted & Gathered‘, his 208-page hardbound book featuring 129 artwork reproductions in full color will also be available for sale at the gallery during the exhibition. Pre-orders are encouraged as there will be a very limited number available.
“Senon Williams’ picto-thoughts, with all their doom, hope and meaning, form a new kind of novel and just the kind of novel I like to read.” – Ed Ruscha
“Teeming with silhouetted figures and outbursts of saturated color, Senon Williams paints a loose and delicate allegorical world, captioned with sometimes-enigmatic phrases. They are strange and simple scenes that recall, all at once, Raymond Pettibon, children’s book illustrations and Rorschach inkblots.” – Eli Diner, Deputy Editor, Flash Art”
Exhibition Opening & Artist Reception: 6.00PM, 19 October 2019