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William Holton
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: My painting practice begins with intentionality, establishing a system that gradually moves beyond my control to become self-regulating. I set myself a few simple rules, and then, using compressed air to create and move small currents of paint, I yield control to my materials and the resulting complex patterns that emerge from their interaction. This process occurs over many layers, resulting in overlaid patterns, which interconnect and play off one another so that new patterns emerge. The colors, too, take on a life of their own, as the painting progresses. Although I commit to specific colors at the outset, once a given color is introduced into a field of layers, optical mixing occurs, creating new colors over which I no longer have control. Thus color creates color, shape creates shape, in a self-regulating system of exponentially growing complexity. I developed this approach out of my fascination with complex systems in nature, and the dynamic interplay of structure and contingency that makes up the universe. I am interested in how systems, on every scale of magnitude, accommodate exponential growth, how chance and uncertainty produce richly configured, ever-changing structures which are again, subject to chance and uncertainly.
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  • Catalyst
    2013
    oil and acrylic on panel   24x24.5

  • Livingroompainting
    2013
    oil and acrylic on canvas   22x 28

  • Horizon
    2013
    oil and acrylic on panel   18x 16

  • Epistrophy
    2012
    oil on linen   18.5"x 18.5"

  • Arena
    2012
    oil on linen   17"x 17.5"

  • Resting State Network
    2011
    oil on canvas   30x 31

  • Mote
    2011
    oil on panel   34"x 27"

  • Point of Convergence
    2010
    oil and acrylic on canvas   35"x 36"

  • Annihilation
    2010
    graphite, charcoal, china marker, and pigment on paper   48"x 45"

  • Green Chimneys
    2010
    graphite, charcoal, china marker, and pigment on paper   52"x 45"
 








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