Williams work includes performance, sculpture and painting, posters and photography.
He draws on his own experiences, utilising humour to reveal both his and our own complex neurosis and idiosyncrasies. His installation, text based works and live performances explore subject matter ranging from growing up in Colwyn Bay with size 13 feet, to a mini bus crash with four other artists in residence (in which he is the only survivor).
His latest body of work furthers his investigation into individual and cultural mythology and identity. Drawing on his own personal narratives and family histories, his new prints, sculpture and performance works reflect on hope, desire, memory, loss, transformation and mortality. Incorporating fading media, such as lithography and slide projectors, Williams questions both our ambitions to achieve, to be creative, make a mark on society and what it means to contribute to the cultures we embed ourselves within. In utilising the local to explore the global, and humour to seduce the viewer, Williams exposes the folly of man and the pursuit of desire and legacy, whilst beautifully referencing the impact of capitalism and excessive consumption.
Bedwyr Williams was born in St Asaph, Wales in 1974 and lives and works in Caernarfon, Wales. Solo exhibitions include 'Dear Both', Ceri Hand Gallery, London, 2012; 'My Bad', Mission Gallery, Swansea, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2012; 'Nimrod', Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, 2011; 'The Jinx', 1857, Oslo, 2010; 'Nimrod', Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2009, and 'Methodist to my Madness', The Bakery, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, 2009. Recent group exhibitions include 'Freeing Welsh Architecture', Treignac Projet, France, 2012; 'Outdoor P28', Arte Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012; 'The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp', G39, Cardiff, 2012; 'SHIT SHOW', Malgras|Naudet, Manchester', 2012; 'Outdoor P28,' Arte Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012; 'Disegno, Drawing by sculptors, MOMA Machynlleth, Wales, 2012; 'The Last of the Red Wine (The Prequel/Sequel)', Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2011; 'Performa Ha!', Performa 11, Club Nutz, New York, 2011; 'Government Art Collection - Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain', Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2011; 'Ha Ha Road', Quad Gallery, Derby, 2011; 'Ernste Tiere: Petrit Halilaj, Judith Hopf, Bedwyr Williams', Kunstverein Bonn, Germany, 2011; 'SHOW', Jerwood Space, London, 2011 and 'The Eccentric, The Idiosyncratic and The Unpredictable', Schirman & de Beaucé, Paris, 2010.
Bedwyr Williams will be representing Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013
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“Bedwyr, I Think I Missed Your Performance”
“Bedwyr, I think I missed your performance” is a collection of scripts and crib sheets used in performances by the artist over the past last ten years, illustrated with images of the performances.
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