Vancouver, Canadá. GENERATION New Paintings by William Betts OPENS April 9th at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery



William Betts "Generation II"
Generation II, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 21 inches

New Paintings by William Betts
Thursday Evening April 9th from 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until May 3, 2015
Jennifer Kostuik is pleased to present this exciting body of new black and white paintings and white mirror works by Miami, Florida based artist, William Betts. Since the gallery’s 2010 solo exhibition introducing the Mirror Paintings Series, the artist has been continuing his investigation of the role of video and digital photography as documentation and structurally as an organized collection of data. Betts is known for using complex  industrial processes to create paintings that reflect the possibilities for an analog medium in a digital age.

For the first time, Betts is omitting color in his art. In Generation, Betts continues his process of working on several bodies of works and techniques concurrently in a non-linear approach. Here three groups of work are presented, abstract line paintings and representational images of the mirror works. For the Mirror Paintings, the giant redwood trees and a opulent European palace interior (source images of specific personal significance) they share a photographic legacy and production process that links them in concept and technical foundation to the abstract works. Once again, the process involves drilling small round-bottomed holes in the back of mirrors and filing them with paint, this time using only white paint and leaving the silver color of the mirror itself as the ground. These works actively engage the viewer providing an ever-shifting context for the work dependent on the viewing angle or light source of the installation. The Untitled panel paintings harken to the original 2004 color Line Series where Betts took single pixel row samples in his source photographs of Nature and extruded them to arrive at purely abstract linear images that removes all representation while retaining a natural rhythm. Finally, the Generation Paintings are from a single image the artist has worked with in several forms, most recently reducing it to a pure black and white and extruding several samples at various points in the image. For all of his art works, the technique Betts employs is transforming, rescaling and essentially corrupting through different “generations” as the images pass through various media. He is fascinated by the way the images transformed and the idea of working on a serial process, with discreet steps or interventions, appeals to him as a creative endeavor. The final mediation is a transformation back into the physical world.

To view a recent video interview of William Betts discussing his unique process and artist intent:
To view Generation Works: VIEW SHOW

William Betts "Generation VII"
Generation VII, acrylic on canvas, 21 x 32 inches

William Betts "Generation III"
Generation III, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 24 inches

William Betts "Untitled IV"
Untitled IV, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 5 x 9 inches

William Betts "Generation V"
Generation V, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 32 inches

William Betts "Generation I"
Generation I, acrylic on canvas, 5 x 7 inches

William Betts "Untitled VI"
Untitled VI2014, acrylic on panel, 10 x 24 inches

William Betts "Amalienburg"
Amalienburg, Nymphenburg Palace, Munich
Acrylic paint on reverse drilled plexi-glass mirror, 61 x 123 inches

William Betts "Redwoods III"
Redwoods III
Acrylic paint on reverse drilled plexi-glass mirror, 72 x 48 inches



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