William Downs: WAP Exhibition
11am - 5pm
2019/2021 Working Artist Project
This round of Working Artist Projects was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.
“Have you ever found yourself delightfully immersed in your own thoughts? I cannot count how many times during the day I get lost in my own magic viewfinder of memory reels. Every image I stumble upon morphs in my mind, leading me to generate a new set of snapshots. I often try to retrace my musings back to my original idea, only to wander into yet another series of pictures. It may appear to be a never- ending maze of random elements, but therein lies the ambiguity of my work. I believe that what you cannot see is far more interesting than what you can. This ink wash wall drawing address the anthropological relationship of the body to its environment, and the manipulation of its surroundings to either conform or clash to the figure inhabiting the space. It affects not just the space above and around, but also the mental and emotional space. My aim is to awaken repressed feelings of anxiety, fear, joy, angst, or lust, by drawing them into the world on paper or on walls.”