#D301 Projects is pleased to present the debut of artist William Ismael’s new exhibition, “I Live My Vision.”
Fluidly weaving through a transdisciplinary vernacular, the artist’s new work presents an alternate perspective on perception through music, graphic murals, photographic imagery and interactive digital installation.
With undulating, organic lines and supple spatial contours, the work fluently traverses between the delineations of digital graphic design, free style illustration and raw street art.
Dexterous transition and individual adaptation have played influential roles in both the artist’s life and work. Born in France and raised between Los Angeles, NYC and Paris, where he currently works, Ismael claims no cultural association with either country, but rather sees himself as an autonomous itinerate of his own creation.
I live my vision, William Ismael, 2011 (56x43in)
Creeping up the two-story wall of the exhibition space, the rich graphic mural, “LA” evokes a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles reimagined as a floral phantasmagoria of indigenous flora. Freeway systems and strip malls have been replaced with mutant sized birds of paradise and bougainvillea that traverse the pictorial plane leaving behind a complex grid of overlapping stems and vines.
Though, to be clear, Ismael’s work neither critiques, comments, indemnifies, nor blames. And though it participates in the larger discourse of contemporary culture, it is refreshingly absent of irony and pre-meditative narrative, presenting in their places the bold modus of inherent passion.
Projected on to the back wall of the exhibition space is an interactive digital experience that transforms the appearance and movement of the viewer. Visual data is taken in through a camera and then reconjured through a software program designed by the artist.
It is then projected on to the wall in a multicolored mosaic, creating a dynamic composition of morphing patterns and shapes that dissolve and reform in sync with the viewer’s movement.
Serving as a visual analogy, the work captures the artist’s facility for aesthetic transformation on a transdisciplinary level. And though the works’ surface exteriors are purposely modified, the mosaiced self-portraits and fantastical mural graphics reveal more of the artist’s true identity than any straight photography.
According to art theorist Nicolas Bourriaud, the decline of Postmodernism is due in part, to its failure to grasp the evolution of the new global identity. That is to say, the question of who are you? is no longer determined by where are you from?, but rather, where are you going?
In “I Live My Vision”, we see a portrait of the artist by way of the direction of his destination.