• Christopher Williams, Installation view: "Normative Models", Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, May 5 – June 29, 2018, photo: Raimund Zakowski
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view: "Normative Models", Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, May 5 – June 29, 2018, photo: Raimund Zakowski
  • Christopher Williams, "Fig. 4: Changing the shutter speed, Exakta Varex IIa, 35 mm film SLR camera, Manufactured by Ihagee Kamerawerk Steenbergen & Co, Dresden, German, Democratic Republic, Body serial no. 979625 (Production period: 1960 - 1963), Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar, 50mm f/2.8 lens, Manufactured by VEB Carl Zeiss Jena, Jena, German Democratic Republic, Serial no. 8034351 (Production period: 1967 - 1970), Model: Christoph Boland, Studio Thomas Borho, Oberkasseler Str. 39, Düsseldorf, Germany, June 19, 2012", 2012, Archival Pigment Print, 61 x 50.8 cm / 24 x 20 inches
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view "For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 13)", Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, 2011
  • Christopher Williams, "Femme, monument, 1970. Kunstgießerei, Bonvinici, Verona. Bronze, 250 x 100 x 50 cm, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Bronze with black patina, signed and numbered, with engraving 'Miro EA 2', June 9, 2010", 2010, Gelatin Silver Print, 60.3 x 50.5 cm / 23.7 x 19.8 inches
  • Christopher Williams, "Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Lichtentaler Allee 8a, Baden-Baden, Germany, June 7, 2010", 2010, Archival Pigment Print, 61.0 x 50.8 cm / 24 x 20 inches
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view "For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 11)", Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, 2010, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view "For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 11)", Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, 2010, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel
  • Christopher Williams, "Cutaway of a LEICA TRI-ELMAR-M“, 28-35-50 mm f/4 ASPH., Angle of view:, Focal lenght 28 mm: 75°, 65°, 46°, Focal length 35 mm: 63°, 54°, 38°, Focal length 50 mm: 47°, 40°, 27°, Optical design: 8 elements in 6, Aperture: f/4 (largest) f/22 (smallest), Scale: combined meter/feet-increments, Leica M quick-change bayonet, Focusing range: 1m to Infinity, Smallest object field:, Focal length 28 mm: 750 x 1130 mm, Focal length 35 mm: 620 x 930 mm, Focal length 50 mm: 430 x 650 mm, Highest reproduction ratio:, Focal length 28 mm: 1:31, Focal length 35 mm: 1:26, Focal length 50 mm: 1:18, Lens produced between: 1998 and 2007, Date of the cut: unknown, Fotostudio Axel Gnad, Düsseldorf, February 13, 2009" (color), 2009 Archival Pigment Print, 50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inches
  • Christopher Williams, "Rittersport, Von oben nach unten / from the top to the bottom, 100 g Tafeln / 100 g Bars, Offizieller Produktname / Official Product Name / EAN Code Bar / UPC Code for Case / Bars per Case, Voll Nuss / Whole Hazelnuts / 4000417019004 / 050255013005 / 10, Joghurt / Yogurt / 40004170270 09 / 050255027000 / 12, Voll Erdnuss / 4000417262202 / 10, Weisse Voll Nuss / White Whole Hazelnuts / 4000417013002 / 050255013003 / 10, Marzipan / Marzipan / 4000417025005 / 050255025006 /12, Cappuccino / Cappuccino / 40004172300 03 / 0550255230042 / 12, October 21, 2008" (No. 3), 2009, Archival Pigment Print, 50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inches
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, 2009
  • Christopher Williams, "Pacific Sea nettle, Chrysaora, Melanaster, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Acquarium Way, Long Beach, California, July 9, 2008", 2009, Archival Pigment Print, 35.6 x 35.6 cm / 14 x 14 inches
  • Christopher Williams, Installation view "For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 5)", Galleria d‘Arte Moderna, Bologna, 2007
  • Christopher Williams, "Untitled (Study in Yellow/Berlin), Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin, June 21, 2007 (No.1), 2008", 2008, Chromogenic Print, 50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 inches
Christopher Williams

Between Art and Commerce

Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie

Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst

February 29 – April 26, 2020



CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

 

Born 1956 in Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

Operating through the medium of photography, Christopher Williams’ work is an investigation of the current condition of pictorial representation and production. Functioning as both conceptual art and institutional critique, Williams crafts historically and politically referential photographs that analyze aesthetic conventions and the contemporary context of image making.

 

A range of references are at play in Williams’ photographic style; 1960s advertisements come to mind, as well as histories of film and fine art. His carefully crafted, technically precise images take ordinary objects, scenes and people as their subjects, rendering them with great detail and precision, making them appear almost eerily perfect and uncanny. Williams mimics the ultra-sleekness of the synthetic commercial world — set slightly off balance, reminding us of the ingrained conventions of modern image making.

 

Williams’ medium is not merely the taking of photographs, but also the construction of the setting with extreme care and precision, and the staging of the finished works. Extensive descriptive titles, unusual hanging heights, and interventions in the exhibition architecture are usual for Williams. In demonstrating how dependent art objects are on their methods of production and contexts of display, the ‘constructed-ness’ of images is revealed. Williams draws attention to the staged nature of his photographs, foregrounding the technical production process and the process of photography itself.

 

Williams has exhibited extensively worldwide, with solo exhibitions at C/O Berlin; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover; La Triennale di Milano; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Kunsthalle Zürich; Secession, Vienna among many others. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum all in New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago, and more. Since 2008, Williams has been the professor of Photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

 

 

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