Today in the Studio

I have been getting up early every morning to work in the studio to beat the heat. So far I have managed to do some sketches on possible ideas, art projects and started on a new piece that is in a very awkward stage. Lately, my enthusiasm to want to create and look forward to being in the studio has been dwindling. Being in my tiny backyard studio has been quite a release and satisfying in the past but has been grueling and with much resistance on my part these days. Perhaps it's the summer heat + the climate change factor, the constant barrage of negative political rhetoric on social media and other news outlets, the current upheaval and discontent in my own community, the art proposal rejections one after another or maybe it’s the subject of my work that is weighing down on me. Nevertheless, I know this sentiment will pass and I will continue to persevere. I fervently believe in my own work as it offers something important and rewarding to me.

As a constant reminder from my past professor in art school –

Be bold!

No excuses!

 

Very early work in progress. Needs a lot of progress at this point!  

Very early work in progress. Needs a lot of progress at this point!  

My tiny backyard studio

My tiny backyard studio

Closing Reception of "My America"

The residency at Shoebox Projects ended with a fun closing reception. I'm grateful to everyone who braved the unusually extreme hot weather that day to see the closing of my month long residency. The project was experimental and site specific. The installation, Common Thread was an ephemeral piece that took hours to put up and more hours to take down. The immigrant wall where viewers were asked to write down a name of an immigrant and their relation to the person was an enlightening project. Many conversations were sparked by all the pieces specially the #alien piece which illustrates the numbers of hate groups in America from the hate fighting and tenacious organization, Southen Poverty Law Center - SPLC. I'm thankful for this experience and grateful for the support of Shoebox Projects and Kristine Schomaker. 

 

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Last week at Shoebox Projects

My experimental project ends this weekend. Closing reception is this Saturday, July 8th from 3-6pm. Shoebox Projects is at the Brewery artist lofts in Lincoln Heights. 660 S Ave 21 #3 Los Angeles, CA

 

The wall is filling up with names

The wall is filling up with names

Common Thread Installation is almost complete

Common Thread Installation is almost complete

Mujer Inmigrante  

Working at Shoebox Projects Residency

Thanks to everyone who have participated in the "My America" wall and the visits are of course, always appreciated and much welcomed. The residency closes July 9th with a closing reception on July 8th from 3-6pm! Here is the work in progress in pictures. Stay tuned for more. 

 

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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