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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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