Christopher Williams: For Example: Dix-Huit Lecons Sur la Societe…

As for many other artists of his generation, a central interest for Christopher Williams is the importance of the image in our media based society. Through his installations, performances and videos, but particularly his photography, he examines the ways that these aesthetic conventions and their mediation affect our understanding of reality. Since the end of the 1980s, Williams has referred back to pre-existing images or motifs and borrowed from culture, advertising or film – preferably from previous decades. Objectively distanced and isolated on neutral backgrounds, these prints of animals, plants, industrial products, modernist architecture and people are realised with great meticulousness. Although Williams places great value in the technical precision of their staging and realisation, in contrast to the technical and aesthetic perfectionism of commercial photography, his images are often blemished with flaws and imperfections.

Text: Godfrey Mark, Kraus Karola. pp. 126; 54 COL; paperback. Publisher: Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2010.

ISBN: 9783865608444| 3865608442
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As for many other artists of his generation, a central interest for Christopher Williams is the importance of the image in our media based society. Through his installations, performances and videos, but particularly his photography, he examines the ways that these aesthetic conventions and their mediation affect our understanding of reality. Since the end of the 1980s, Williams has referred back to pre-existing images or motifs and borrowed from culture, advertising or film – preferably from previous decades. Objectively distanced and isolated on neutral backgrounds, these prints of animals, plants, industrial products, modernist architecture and people are realised with great meticulousness. Although Williams places great value in the technical precision of their staging and realisation, in contrast to the technical and aesthetic perfectionism of commercial photography, his images are often blemished with flaws and imperfections.

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