January 2019 | Still Bytes by Ian Williams
The second solo exhibition by Ian Williams represents his ongoing exploration into the reality of virtual objects. Using video game environments as a space for collecting found objects, he arranges the forms into digital still life compositions, toying with real world phenomena such as gravity and forces of collision. The resulting digital arrangements become the subject of careful consideration through the more traditional approach of still life painting.
Williams works mainly within the mediums of painting and drawing, and has work in public and private collections including Artbank, Curtin University, Central Institute of Technology, University of Western Australia, and Town of Victoria Park. In 2018, Williams graduated from a Bachelor of Art (Honours) at Curtin University. Having held his first solo exhibition at Free Range in 2015, Williams went on to become a finalist in the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize, the 2015 Macquarie Art Prize (Sydney), and more recently a finalist in the 2018 Perth Royal Art Prize. With recent group shows at Linton & Kay, MOP Projects (Sydney), Turner Galleries and Galerie Pompom (Sydney). Williams has upcoming shows scheduled at Midland Junction Arts Centre (with Ellen Norrish) and Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (solo).