Plain efficiency and complete frivolity motivate me when I paint. I work with aluminum for its smooth surface, neutral grey color, lightweight, and shine. It also allows me to cut my paintings to any shape the subject may dictate. I choose to look at Rococo imagery for the romantic, tragic figures in beautiful clothes, but I interpret specific 18th century painters because they provide a perfect and readily available template of this fairytale I’ve imagined since I was a child.
More recently I’ve taken cues from modern architecture and interior design, situating my characters in contemporary spaces I desire to see.
May 11 – June 12, 2011
Opening reception; Wednesday, May 11, 6 – 8pm
James Fuentes LLC is pleased to announce William Stone’s forthcoming solo exhibition;Framed, this will be the artist’s third solo show at the gallery. The exhibition will primarily feature reconstituted paintings – the earliest of which date back to the eighteenth century.
Employing reverse paintings, commissioned portraits and landscapes – the artists’s revisions give these events, which were on the brink of being forgotten, new life. These works speak to qualities inherent in these varied genres of painting; as well as their desire to render, consecrate and awe.
William Stone’s work categorically looks at everyday objects and the way they occupy the human condition. From his earliest works that incorporated water and wind into household furnishings to his more recent inventions and revisions of chairs – the artist’s use of everyday objects supplies an endless resource of materials. Stone’s practice is steeped in poetics and mechanics resulting in works that offer as many semiotic connotations as they do visual ones.
William Stone has presented solo exhibitions at The Clock Tower/P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, Emily Harvey Gallery and Tom Cugliani and has participated in group exhibitions at The New Museum, Deste Foundation for the Arts, The Aldrich Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Voorkamer, Lier, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm.
James Fuentes LLC
55 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002