Parisian Laundry is delighted to present Los Angeles based artist Brian Wills’ first solo exhibition in Montreal on the gallery’s main floor. Connecting two historical moments strongly tied to Quebec and Southern California, the work of Brian Wills evokes the hard edges of Les Plasticiens and the use of light as an inseparable part of the practice of Southern California’s Light and Space artists. Along with a new generation of artists, Brian Wills has adopted the principles of simplicity by using contemporary materials that provide the opportunity for experiences in which light and colour are juxtaposed and combine to enhance the viewer’s perspective of their work. Characterized by simple, smooth and pared-down linear compositions, each work is a long-term endeavour that reveals Wills’ craftsmanship, where the artist’s hand seems almost to have been replaced by an industrial mechanism. Wills adopts a meticulous approach to assembling spoke-like motifs of coloured threads. These threads, which accept or reject light, form a mosaic of attraction and repulsion where the colours are gradually revealed as the viewer moved forwards or backwards. Brian Wills is fond of this artifice, this fiction that means his art works change continually, allowing him to explore line and colour, depth and movement. The work literally vibrates, defying space and light and obliging the viewer to establish a physically intimate contact with the canvas.
Brian Wills (born 1970 in Lexington, KY) lives and works in Los Angeles, and has studied at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) and Denison University (Granville, OH). His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at galleries that include Praz-Delavallade (Paris, FR and Los Angeles, CA); TOTAH (New York, NY); and Quint Gallery (La Jolla, CA). He has participated in exhibitions at museums and institutions such as the Underground Museum (Los Angeles, CA); Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego, CA), as well as in the group show Swell: Art 1950-2010 held between Petzel Gallery, Metro Pictures and Nyehaus (New York, NY). Wills’ work is part of numerous public and private collections including The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles, CA); The Estée Lauder Collection (New York, NY); The Jarl Mohn Family Foundation (Los Angeles, CA); Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, CA); and Fundación/Colección Jumex, (Mexico City, MX).
This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Praz-Delavallade