The True Artist (Worker) 09
DIMENSIONS 20" x 16" MEDIUM Acrylic Ink, watercolor, graphite, and inkjet on paper
Hand-embellished series of 15, 2020
Signed and numbered by the artist on front
ABOUT THE WORK
William Powhida is a visual artist, cultural critic, and through his eponymous alter-ego, an art world antagonist. In his practice, Powhida satirizes notions of individual genius, the commodification of creativity, and opacities of the art market. In the current hyper-intensified social climate of divisive “post-truth” discourse, Powhida's work appears like a maniacal grin, slipping a welcome parodic intensity into sometimes seemingly benign language.
In his new series, Powhida responds to Bruce Nauman’s 1966 work The True Artist Is an Amazing Luminous Fountain (Window or Wall Shade) with 15 hand-drawn, colorful texts on inkjet backgrounds. Each work is an interrogation of the myth of the artist and the personal investments we make in a shared cultural identity. Powhida’s cleverly declarative statements underscore the humor in any certainty about what it means to be an artist in a highly competitive, market-based society.
William Powhida has held solo exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery (New York, NY), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Gallery Poulsen (Copenhagen), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Platform Gallery (Seattle) among many others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Flag Art Foundation (New York, NY), Museum Art Architecture Technology (Lisbon), and Artspace (New York, NY). His criticism and writing has been published extensively in publications such as Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, ArtFCity, The Brooklyn Rail, Art21 and many more. Powhida currently lives and works in New York, NY.
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