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Brian Wills - String Theory

March , 15th — April 17th, 2008

The Happy Lion is pleased to present String Theory, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Wills. Referencing the (yet unproven) scientific theory of “everything”, which seeks to unify all the fundamental interactions of nature, Wills’ second show with the gallery includes two and three-dimensional works which use string as the primary mark-making medium.

String theory hypothesizes that everything is made of tiny vibrating strands of energy, or strings, instead of single zero-dimensional particles as previously thought. It provides a unified framework for viewing the universe, which scientists now believe contains at least ten dimensions. Similarly, the strings in Wills’ work provide the elemental building blocks for his multi-dimensional abstractions. The strings are never still; the surfaces vibrate with color. The works are self-contained worlds that are constantly in flux. For Wills, science parallels art.

Despite the direct reference to science, the work is completely and meticulously hand-made. Wills explores the intrinsic qualities of his materials. String, wood and varnish are accessible yet fragile; and Wills is keenly aware of their spatial presence. The repetition and labor evident in the multiple-piece constructions call attention to the process by which they were made. The massiveness of the undertaking points to an obsessive dedication and supports the idea of abstraction as a mental process. The finished works are a stunning visual experience, surging with energy and requiring contemplation.

Brian Wills is a graduate of Denison and Harvard Universities. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad. Recent shows include Themes and Variations at the Torrance Art Museum, Made in California, Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation and Consequence at Museum 52 in London. Exhibitions with Galerie Michael Janssen in Cologne and Gallery Min Min in Tokyo are forthcoming.

The artist wishes to thank: Renee Rubalcava, Rima Lyn, Jake Davidson, Justin Izbinski, Daniel Papkin, Crystal Cole, Stephanie Shaw, Jack Brogen, Fine Arts Stretcher Bars and Lexi Brown

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At 21:50 on August 26, 2008, Raul de la Torre said…
At 12:29 on July 28, 2008, Vanderlei Zalochi said…
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At 18:40 on April 29, 2008, James Adams said…
Hello to The Happy Lion,
Nice to find you here. I hope to see you again soon.
At 22:07 on April 25, 2008, Christian Moeller said…
Hello Happy Lion, thank you, I thank you so much for your friendship here on artreview! I have shown some of my works last September direct across from your Gallery space door. Howsoever, I wish you the very best for your future advancement.

At 10:07 on April 25, 2008, Mike Bennion said…
Nice gallery!

At 20:09 on March 31, 2008, Pedro Varela said…
I´ll see your booth at Maco!
All the best!
At 15:49 on March 27, 2008, Pedro Varela said…
Nice to meet you!
At 15:35 on March 25, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi The Happy Lion

Welcome to artreview.com. It would be great to see some of your artists' work here, and also read about your exhibitions...

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