Artists



Untitled (neon’s on walnut)
Single strand thread on walnut
2018
24 x 12 inches each
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If the pictorial lyricism of abstract expressionism continues to dominate the Los Angeles art scene, numerous artists have also decided to tread the path of a form of minimalism in which light is an inseparable part of their practice. A new generation of artists have, after their own fashion, adopted the principles of simplicity by using contemporary materials that provide the opportunity for experiences in which light and color are juxtaposed and combine to elevate our perspective of their work. Brian Wills, a young, Los Angeles-based artist has completely taken on board this ideology of the relationship between the space and the spectator. Adopting Mies van der Rohe’s famous motto “less is more”, his work is characterized by simple, smooth, pared-down geometric shapes that lend themselves to a physical form of appreciation.

Each work is a long-term endeavor that leads to a level of sophistication which reveals Brian Wills’ craftsmanship, but in which the artist’s hand seems almost to have been replaced by an industrial mechanism. Of course, that is not the case: Brian Wills ingeniously uses nylon threads and iridescent or gloss paint in order to arrive at works with perfect lines, both simple and complex, but only the slightest imperfections can be discerned on the dermis the gloss paint surface of his works onto which the threads are fixed.

Brian Wills’ art adopts a meticulous approach that is illustrated by the painted and varnished wooden panels that are crisscrossed by spoke-like motifs of colored threads. These threads, which either accept or reject light, form a mosaic of attraction and repulsion: a satin-finished exterior and a bright and shiny interior where the colors are gradually revealed as the viewer moved forwards or backwards. Brian Wills is fond of this artifice, this fiction that means his artworks change continually, allowing him to explore line and color, depth and movement. They literally vibrate, defying space and light and obliging the viewer to establish a physically intimate contact with the canvas in a controlled chaos that favors a perpetual, radical and dramatic aesthetic effect.