Kandis Williams “A Line”
A Solo Exhibition Presented By David Zwirner Gallery
EXHIBITION ON VIEW
October 28, 2021 – January 08, 2022
DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY
52 Walker St, New York, NY 10013
The new David Zwirner gallery space, located at 52 Walker, celebrated its opening on Thursday, October 28, 2021, by unveiling Kandis William’s new solo exhibition, A Line. Organized by Ebony L. Haynes, A Line features works by Williams, whose versatile practice spans collage, performance, video, assemblage, and installation. Her work cross-examines issues of race, nationalism, authority, and eroticism. This will be her first solo presentation in New York.
While based primarily in Los Angeles, Williams is excited to debut new works that were created in New York specifically for A Line. The exhibition includes a video, collages, and sculptures that move toward a formal dance notation. Dance notations are symbolic representations of human dance movements and form, using different modes throughout history to capture and inscribe the qualities of movement in two dimensions.
William’s draws upon her background in dramaturgy to envision a space that accommodates the varied biopolitical economies that inform how the movement might be read. She establishes indices that network the parts of the anatomy, regions of Black diaspora, communication and obfuscation, and how popular culture and myth are interconnected.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kandis Williams was born in 1985 in Baltimore and received her BFA from Cooper Union in New York in 2009. She is the founder of the publishing and educational platform Cassandra Press. Williams was recently awarded the Mohn Award for artistic excellence following her participation in the 2020 Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, Botanical Gardens, San Marino. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2021); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2021 and 2016); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018); Works on Paper, Vienna (2017); St. Charles Projects, Baltimore (2016); and SADE, Los Angeles (2016). Williams is represented by Night Gallery, Los Angeles. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.