Mid Residency at Shoebox Projects

Im making a lot of progress with my work at Shoebox Projects. I'm loving the experimental aspect of the residency and enjoying the conversations that stem from the work. Shoebox Projects is an experimental space by Kristine Schomaker, director of Shoebox PR and Art and Cake. The space gives artists the opportunity to work on new and site specific projects. 

Common Threads installation work in progress

Common Threads installation work in progress

Common Threads installation work in progress

Common Threads installation work in progress

Common Threads installation work in progress 

Common Threads installation work in progress 

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Common Thread--installation work in progress, Mujer Inmigrante video 

Common Thread--installation work in progress, Mujer Inmigrante video 

My America--interactive installation   

My America--interactive installation   

Alien installation  

Alien installation  

One of the many conversations from artists and friends who visit. Photo by Kristine Schomaker. In photo, left: Diane Williams Right: Pranay Reddy

One of the many conversations from artists and friends who visit. Photo by Kristine Schomaker. In photo, left: Diane Williams Right: Pranay Reddy

We: Visual Reflections of the American Experiment

Exhibition dates: June 15 – 18, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 15, 4-6 PM

“We” is an exhibition that re-affirms the root aspirations of the American experiment. As our public political discourse has become increasingly toxic and polarized, we return to the core unifying claims of the United States Constitution — that “we the people” have a collective vested interest in the pursuit of certain ideals expressed concisely in the Preamble: “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty”. These pursuits remain just as vital today as they were in 1787.

This group exhibition features invited artists to reconsider the immediacy of these core themes of Justice, Peace, Defense, Welfare, and Liberty; exploring the myriad ways these constitutional aspirations remain active challenges to our pursuit of unity as “we the people” in America today.

The suite of images is taken through each participating artist’s mobile device dating from the beginning through midway this year. Each photograph captures instantaneous, raw reflections of everyday life while evoking emotions, and insights into the human condition during the first half of 2017.

FEATURED ARTISTS
Kent Anderson Butler
Caesar Alzate Jr.
James Barsalou
Mark Batongmalaque
Mayte Escobar
Teresita de la Torre
Lauren Halsey
D. Hill
Eric L. Jones
Paul Kelley
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Nikolay Maslov
Amitis Motevalli
Douglas McCulloh
Cody Norris
Naida Osline
Juliana Rico
Steve Thomas
Diane Williams
Jake Williams
Samira Yamin

"We: Visual Reflections of the American Experiment" is organized by Alyssa Cordova, Assistant Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside, and Jeff Rau, Director and Curator, Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery, Biola University.

Photo courtesy of Diane Williams.

https://www.facebook.com/events/834526670044797/

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First week at Shoebox Projects, an experimental space.

Still a few more things to complete "My America". I'm enjoying the experimental aspect of the residency, working and re working to see what works and what doesn't work within the space and how each pieces responds to each other and make the whole project connect. 

 

 

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More work to do on this installation  

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Participatory piece needs more participants and soon will be a wall of immigrants

Exotic

I have not done a drawing piece in a long time and how I miss it! Check out the progress shots from start to finish.  

Exotic

36" x 60"

Charcoal and conte crayon on paper

2 hrs

2 hrs

4 hrs

4 hrs

6 hrs

6 hrs

10 hrs. Finished drawing!

10 hrs. Finished drawing!

The Personal is Political at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery

We celebrated the opening of Personal Narrative on Tuesday, Feb. 28th and got a warm reception from artists and the Santa Monica community. Thank you to Sheli Silverio and the staff at Annenberg who helped coordinate the show. I wrote the proposal to showcase the identity and the individual context of the artists included in the show with works ranging from stories about their Jewish diaspora, gender disparities, body image issues, environmental concerns and immigrant background. Keeping in mind that our Personal Narrative shapes and molds who we are as artists and makers in the 21st century. 

The show runs through June 4th! 

The sunset at the beach

The sunset at the beach

From left: Dwora Fried and Bibi Davidson

From left: Dwora Fried and Bibi Davidson

From right: Tom Lasley, Randi Matushevitz, Terry Arena, Sheli Silverio

From right: Tom Lasley, Randi Matushevitz, Terry Arena, Sheli Silverio

From left: JJ L'heuxreux, Robert Nelson, Mardi DeVeuve Alexis

From left: JJ L'heuxreux, Robert Nelson, Mardi DeVeuve Alexis

From left: Malka Nedivi, Robert Soffian

From left: Malka Nedivi, Robert Soffian

From right: Erika Lizée, Diane Williams, Rick Dallago

From right: Erika Lizée, Diane Williams, Rick Dallago

From left: Linda Sue Price, Chenhung Chen, Kristine Schomaker, Susan Amorde

From left: Linda Sue Price, Chenhung Chen, Kristine Schomaker, Susan Amorde

Beautiful Creatures in NELA

I have an installation on view at Social Study's store front display in Highland Park. It will be up until March 9th. Stop by and take a peek if you're in the area and stroll down York Blvd. Here are some photos from Saturday night's reception and art walk. 

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This is what America looks like in Los Angeles

Diane Williams | Beautiful Creatures

Opening reception

Saturday, February 11, 2017

7-10 pm During Nela Art Night

The show runs through March 9th

www.dianewilliamsartist.com

 

Social Study

5028 York Boulevard

Highland Park CA 90042

Los Angeles, Ca. - Diane Williams is showing her new installation, "Beautiful Creatures" during the popular North East Los Angeles (NELA) art night on York Blvd in Highland Park. Beginning February 11th, the installation will be featured as a storefront display at Social Study.

The installation is part of Williams’ new series called "Monsters and Aliens" about her immigrant background. The work emphasizes how the marginalized are often seen as the monsters and aliens, the other and the outsiders. Their contributions and positive impact in this country are obscured and have become scapegoats, exploited into the frustrations of others. "Beautiful Creatures" reflects the immigrant communities of NELA and strives to continue a much needed dialogue in today's contentious political culture.

The artist’s work parallels her background as an Asian American female as she examines culture through her personal experiences, combining neo-surrealism with a narrative as the other. Growing up in Los Angeles, a city that is ethnically diverse and a community with disparate backgrounds and diaspora, Williams explores identity that profoundly shapes and molds our sense of individuality. Using a variety of media, Diane’s compositions are diverse, mixing cultures and appearances that are pleasantly chaotic and strangely familiar.

About Diane Williams

Diane Williams is a multi disciplinary artist and an emerging curator living and working in Los Angeles, Ca. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in a solo show and several group shows in Los Angeles, with works in both private and public collections including the National Immigration Law Center. Williams earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach.

New installation in progress

I have been working on an installation and a large wall sculpture (no pics to share for the sculpture yet). 

Putting the pieces together

Putting the pieces together

Today's work is more about experimentation/trial and error. How to make the images come out of the wall.

Detail

Detail

Monsters + Aliens

I’ve been working on a new series called Monsters + Aliens. The idea evolved from my previous work of integrating animals and obscuring images of women in my compositions. Weaving strings of materials, mostly from old paintings and some new into made up creatures, sculpted from wire frames come to play. I’m excited and looking forward to working on this new series--- when old work informs the new until it comes to fruition.

I always felt like an outsider growing up. In school, I felt like I never fit in. But it didn’t help when my mother, instead of buying me glue for school projects, would tell me to just use rice.
— Margaret Cho