William Nelson


William Nelson Biography

About the Artwork
The intention of this work is to generate conversations about values and identity by assembling unlikely pairs, Hollywood film icons and nostalgic comic book environments. Each entity reveals a partial narrative. The nature of a comic and the personas of the movie stars, presented in the ethos of the Hollywood studio system, act as blank canvases for us to project our personal experience, principles and standards of behavior. There is a connection and a disconnect between these entities beyond technique. They exist within a single frame and are aware of each other’s existence yet there is an element of obliviousness. Something is happening and they can’t seem to take it in. Their dissociation, the separation of the two entities, compels comment.

Included in this series are two sculptures, Marilyn and Charles, 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.

Selected Exhibitions
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

School of Visual Arts, New York City, MFA Computer Art, 1993
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, BS Interdisciplinary Studies, 1984