Didier William: Studio Visit

Didier William, Look through the key hole, 2013 (courtesy of the artist)
Didier William, Look through the key hole, 2013 (courtesy of the artist)

Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Didier William.

William comments: "Instead of the paintings becoming a kind of depictive space or natural space with up and down axes and rational gravity... I build them up through layers and allow the layers to come together to build the space of the painting. So in that one [indicates painting in progress] the space of the painting becomes the... illusionistic distance between the stencil in the back and the crackling surface... and every layer, ever pore in between sets up the space that the figure exists within... They're much more about separating the space into these seeable and readable layers that build distance rather than depict distance... I really want the surfaces to come together, to collapse into one space but to also force the viewer to look at, and look through, the painting at the same time."