Circumvolution by colin williams
Focusing on the concept of transferring gravitational forces onto two-dimensional surfaces, my work explores the possibilities of abstraction, through the effects of nature on the physicality of paint. I choose to make the work in this way, in an attempt to create an abstract kind of realism, where the pictorial drama is analogous to that which shapes the physical world around us.
In the winter of 2006 I came to St Paul to make a series of paintings with no preconceived ideas of what form they would take. On my airplane decent into Minnesota, the first thing that struck me was the amount of snow on the land, and ice on the waterways. In hindsight, I think it was this almost pure white world which inspired me to open up my paintings a bit, in order to make more subtle pieces, as I became increasingly occupied with the notion of optical economy. It was these paintings which I refer to as the Minnesota Winter Series and a radiating trip to the boundary waters in August 2007, which inspired me to return to St Paul, and make a new body of work based on the working title Minnesota Summer Series.
Having returned to make a series of paintings based on the above concept, it was not long before my thoughts began to shift between the polar opposite winter and summer scenes I had experienced whilst visiting here. It was then that the work started to develop into a dance of dualities between the freezing and thawing landscape, the microscopic and macroscopic, symmetry and asymmetry. Subsequently, I named this present series, Circumvolution.