Jeff Williams in New York, NY

Let’s switch things up a bit and move away from paintings for awhile. I think Duane Street is the cutest street in Tribeca, and always peak into the Jack Hanley Gallery when there. Living Things, a solo exhibition by Jeff Williams, really drew me in. You can read the press release here.

Soda Fossil, 2020-2022
Welded aluminum plate, auto body filler, soda kiln bricks
48” x 26” x 32 in

My favorite pieces in the show were Dead Head 1 and Dead Head 2. The hanging and standing cast pieces were jewel-like, and some reminded me of the magic that happens in Raku firings with clay. I liked the industrial aluminum “display” a lot. I would definitely hang this in my home.

Dead Head 1, 2022
Welded aluminum plate and cast pewter
24” x 32” x 6 in
Dead Head 2, 2022
Welded aluminum plate and cast pewter
24” x 32” x 6 in
Side view
Jupiter, 2021
Cast plaster and oil paint
6” x 3” x 1.5 in

The finishes on the cast pieces, whether plaster, pewter or aluminum, showed how well Williams understood his medium.

Crumple, 2022
Cast aluminum (aluminum foil displacement)
4.5” x 4.5” x 1.5 in

What a lovely show, and I will be keeping an eye out for future work by Williams. I also cannot say enough nice things about the gallery director, Kendall Kane. The gallery is lucky to have her overseeing things. Stop by the gallery and tell her I sent you!

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