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Herb Williams
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College / University
Birmingham-Southern College
Program / Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Sculpture, Art History
May 15, 1996
Member type
Artist, Art Fair, Collector, Curator, Gallery
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
I am...
searching for great ideas.
About my artwork
Crayons are a gateway drug. The sight and smell produce specific memories to most adults of childhood memories. The twist in the road to nostalgia is the creation of a new object, from a medium in which it was not intended. This element of strange interaction and play had me at hello.
I am one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola. Because I am in pursuit of larger ideas, the playful aspect of my medium is integral to the works of art I’m creating. I can subversively insert a concept that may bloom well after the initial recognition of the form from a familiar children’s implement. To create my work I need to produce sculpture on a grand scale (which takes thousands and thousands of crayons), so I order each color individually packed (3000 to a case) and cut the sticks down to the length I need with either double-guillotine cigar cutters or large breed dog nail clippers. I then bond the paper—not the wax—to a form I have carved or cast, completely enveloping the form.
I am interested in identifying iconic objects that society perceives to fit one role, and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. There are several questions that arise when an object (such as a crayon) that is so often associated with childhood is used to address issues dealing with more adult matters, such as sexuality, religion, and social hierarchy. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to the object as icon, but intriguing and satisfying to me in the use of pure color as form. Larger room installations also add the element of playing to the olfactory sense, as the scent of the wax completely saturates the environment. I hope that this body of work is my most successful in adding to the greater visual dialogue of original art. My intent is to continue to seriously create art that looks at itself unseriously.
Artists I like
Some of my influences are H.C. Westermann, Fiona Rae, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sandy Skoglund, Liza Lou, David Mach, Charles Ray, René Magritte, El Anutsui, Marcel Duchamp, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenburg, Tim Hawkinson, Martin Wohrl, Tara Donovan, Banksy, and Ai Weiwei.
pushing the envelope, making new icons, sticking to the roof of your mouth.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
I will be participating in the group show, "Manifest Equality", in L.A., March 3-7th. To view details about the show go to www.manifestequality.com
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere
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Hatch Show Invite for DC Show

Wall Flower Loop
Wall Flower Loop

Bull Market
Bull Market

Artist Wheel of Fortune
The work that you are viewing here are primarily constructed of thousands of crayons. I've never been quite satisfied with creating a sculpture and then adding a patina, or stain, or color. I want to see the form. I'm always a little surprised by the form these sculptures take, and the color is the form.

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At 21:09 on May 25, 2009, daniel kim said…
Thanks for the comment Herb, that particular painting seems to be the crowd pleaser.
At 15:52 on May 4, 2009, vera goulart said…
hi!.!..¨HERB ! HOW ARE YOU ? you used the same PENCIL i used for my DRAWINGS...WONDERFULL WORK !!!......¨NICE MEET YOU IN ARTREVIEW....
At 17:16 on July 26, 2008, Rosemary Pierce-Lackey said…
Herb - absolutely L-O-V-E your work! Love to see ordinary items turned into extraordinary art! Just outstanding. Blessings to you and your future!
At 15:04 on July 1, 2008, amir zainorin said…
hi herbs,

congratulations for winning the next star artist competition.
all the very best,
At 10:42 on June 30, 2008, Irina Gabiani said…
Hi Herb,

Congratulations for winning at the the" Next Star Artist" !!! :)))
I am very glad for you!! :))
Keep on!!
All the best
At 6:04 on June 30, 2008, jan lewin-cadogan said…
love that dress!
At 12:15 on June 3, 2008, Frank Fu said…
Interesting works!
Please check out my site

Frank Fu
At 20:29 on May 28, 2008, Sorg said…
Herb, I was hoping to hear back from you about your gallery. The site looks fantastic, a great group of artists there.
At 13:02 on May 16, 2008, nicolas said…
Can you check my 13 pages "translation" ?

At 14:50 on May 11, 2008, Nexusix said…
Hey Herb,

Thanks for the praise. Actually I'm in the process of reinventing myself right now. All the stuff you see here is new and unfortunately is all I have really, although I do have some more work I want to put here possibly so keep looking.

Again, Thanks a million,


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