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b. 1986, HK.

A nexus is a central link or connection. If you happen to be at the nexus of something, you are right smack in the middle of it. In this work, two figures, or groups of figures, are depicted in contrasting styles. The compositions are pairings of Pop Culture icons that would not normally be considered in the same picture plane. The viewer is invited to enter the intersection between the figures to interpret, and reinterpret, the subject of the painting. In other words, the viewer is invited into the nexus to explore the link between the figures. Sometimes what’s going on is intense, however, the playful expression of the paintings empower further examination of challenging subjects.  Often the paintings are funny but I am not making fun of anything. These are my favorite images, many dating back to my formative, art-starved years in central Florida. They are images from the Sunday Funnies in the Orlando Sentinel, where the words got in my way as an inordinately visual boy, and Saturday matinees at the Colony Theater, where nothing got in the way of the big screen. Many of these images are from a place where I began to gather my internal visual database, the sweaty south, two generations ago, where the closest thing to a museum was Disney World, who assumed the mantle of local cultural epicenter from Gatorland, who ran help wanted ads in the Orlando Sentinel for Alligator Wrestler, No Experience Necessary. I still love Gatorland.  Two of my favorite Pop Culture icons are Charles Atlas and Marilyn Monroe. Charles Atlas advertised an exercise program in the back pages of comic books that promised YOU CAN BE A REAL MAN! I probably got my first eyeful of Marilyn Monroe on the Channel 9 Dialing for Dollars Movie. Included in this series are kinetic sculptures of Marilyn and Charles. They are large freestanding figures that can literally be animated when the viewer rotates the flywheel mounted on the back. A series of spur gears, attached to the figure, are activated resulting in a surprisingly organic motion. The heart of the work is the space around and between the figures, which includes the viewer, who is an active participant in the existence of the piece.

A nexus is a central link or connection. If you happen to be at the nexus of something, you are right smack in the middle of it. In this work, two figures, or groups of figures, are depicted in contrasting styles. The compositions are pairings of Pop Culture icons that would not normally be considered in the same picture plane. The viewer is invited to enter the intersection between the figures to interpret, and reinterpret, the subject of the painting. In other words, the viewer is invited into the nexus to explore the link between the figures. Sometimes what’s going on is intense, however, the playful expression of the paintings empower further examination of challenging subjects.

Often the paintings are funny but I am not making fun of anything. These are my favorite images, many dating back to my formative, art-starved years in central Florida. They are images from the Sunday Funnies in the Orlando Sentinel, where the words got in my way as an inordinately visual boy, and Saturday matinees at the Colony Theater, where nothing got in the way of the big screen. Many of these images are from a place where I began to gather my internal visual database, the sweaty south, two generations ago, where the closest thing to a museum was Disney World, who assumed the mantle of local cultural epicenter from Gatorland, who ran help wanted ads in the Orlando Sentinel for Alligator Wrestler, No Experience Necessary. I still love Gatorland.

Two of my favorite Pop Culture icons are Charles Atlas and Marilyn Monroe. Charles Atlas advertised an exercise program in the back pages of comic books that promised YOU CAN BE A REAL MAN! I probably got my first eyeful of Marilyn Monroe on the Channel 9 Dialing for Dollars Movie. Included in this series are kinetic sculptures of Marilyn and Charles. They are large freestanding figures that can literally be animated when the viewer rotates the flywheel mounted on the back. A series of spur gears, attached to the figure, are activated resulting in a surprisingly organic motion. The heart of the work is the space around and between the figures, which includes the viewer, who is an active participant in the existence of the piece.

 

Curriculum Vitae

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Nexus, Cavalier Ebanks Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Greenwich, ct 2019

Mixed Messages, Cavalier Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY 2018

RE:formation, Gallery Madison Park, New York, NY 2018

Artists of the Premier Collection, Gordon Fine Arts Gallery, Stamford, CT 2017

Baba Yaga Eats, Fields Studio Gallery, New York, NY 2016

Together Again, Firing Circuits Artists, St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk, CT 2016

Close to the Edge, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Pound Ridge, NY 2015

Time and Place, The Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY 2015

Pop Up Show, Christopher Robert Gallery, Stamford, CT, 2014

Sprouting Spaces, Solo Exhibition, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT, 2013

Faber Birren Art Show, Stamford Art Association, CT, 2012 - Prize Awarded

April Fools, The Nest Gallery, Bridgeport, CT, 2012

Condition X, SVA Westside Gallery, New York, NY, 2011

UNABASHED, The Portrait and Figure, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY, 2011

AWARDS AND HONORS

Sprouting Spaces, Harbor Point Artist in Residence, Stamford, CT, 2013 - 2014

Joyce and Bob Jones Prize, 32nd Annual Faber Birren Color Awards Show, 2012

Artist in Residence, School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art, 2009

Artist Residency in Painting and Multimedia, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2009

Institute for Computers in the Arts Award, New York, NY, 1993

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

Artists Talk, St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk, CT 2016

MFA Computer Art Seminar, My Artistic Journey, School of Visual Arts, New York , NY, 2009

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, New York City, MFA Computer Art, 1993

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, BS Interdisciplinary Studies, 1984

Contact

William Nelson

bill@williamnelsonstudio.com

917.449.7080

Studio visits by appointment

Firing Circuits Studios

One Muller Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850