William Hall

 William Hall,  Artifact No. 5 , pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 25 x 22 inches

William Hall, Artifact No. 5, pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 25 x 22 inches

  Harbinger , pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 37 x 37 inches

Harbinger, pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 37 x 37 inches

  Mi Corazón , pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 40.5 x 36.5 inches

Mi Corazón, pigmented grout on lightweight ISO panel, 40.5 x 36.5 inches

Statement

My work is process driven, employing a streamlined version of the formation of fossils in nature. I use pigmented grout or gypsum to naturalize this technique. My work has become an investigation of my need to relinquish control of its final observed perception. I attempt to capture and preserve a remnant of the creative process and experience, not the particularity of its initial intent. I sculpt in wax or other soft organic material, on a sheet of tempered glass. I am physically working almost blind and in reverse. The layers I apply first are hidden by subsequent applications, but exposed again in their original order when the piece is cast. The original sculpture is totally lost during casting, much as organic material is lost or changed in the formation of fossils or sedimentary stone. The resulting image is a reversed negative textural image of the original design. I explore the contradiction of the initial intent, versus the somewhat random artifact left behind - what is lost in translation, versus what is gained through interpretation. I am intrigued by the implied metaphor pertaining to the ambiguity of real events in relation to their interpretation in recorded history and the unpredictable consequences of initial actions on future generations.

 

Biography

Hall, a founding member of 500x Gallery in Dallas, has exhibited in over 60 group and one-person shows. The artist has been awarded numerous honors at national and regional juried exhibition, including a "Best of Show" award at the PBS Art Competition and Auction, Dallas, Texas (1977) by Henry Geldzahler, curator of the Metropolitan Museum. In 1976, Walter Hopps, curator of the National Collection of Fine Art, Washighton DC, selected his work to be exhibited at the Fort Worth Art Museum (subsequently renamed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth) in the Southwest Tarrant County Show. Hall’s work was featured in a solo exhibition in the capital rotunda in Austin. Dr. Edmund Pillsbury, Kimbell Art Museum Director, was an influential early support and mentor. In 2012, Hall’s work was exhibited on the New York Jumbotron during Art Takes Time Square.