THE AGE OF
LG Williams SoCal Mid-Rise Pictures
— A Collaborative Work by David Hawkes, LG Williams, and Alan Rubin
PCP Press and The Estate of LG Williams™ is proud to present this publication for
LG Williams’s recent body of work—the SoCal Mid-Rise Multi-Story series. In these pictures, Williams merges Thiebaud's now canonical compositions of Sacramento Valley landscapes, San Francisco cityscapes, and assorted pastries. But this is where familiarity and transparency ends. As the viewer looks into the illuminated windows, the mysteries compound and multiply—forms transform into reflections, reflections into abstract thought. They are made expressly for our age—the age of the image.
The text by Hawkes and Rubin, titled Bullchild, tells of a Mexican illegal immigrant who, inspired by an aging East German Communist Art History Professor, attempts to make his name on the L.A. gallery scene by pretending to be Persian, dressing up as a matador and inventing a movement called “Pedo-Taurinism.” Based on a true story.
About the Authors
David Hawkes was born and raised in South Wales, where he attended Stanwell Road Comprehensive School. After a few years drumming in punk rock bands, and living in squatters’ communes in Amsterdam and West Berlin, he won a scholarship to Oxford University, where his tutor was Terry Eagleton. He was then awarded a fellowship to study at Columbia University in New York City, where he worked with Edward Said. After a spell teaching at Lehigh University, he accepted a position in the English Department at Arizona State University. Hawkes is the author of five books: Idols of the Marketplace: Idolatry and Commodity Fetishism in English Literature, 1580-1680 (Palgrave), Ideology (Routledge), The Faust Myth: Religion and the Rise of Representation (Palgrave), John Milton: A Hero of Our Time (Counterpoint) and The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England (Palgrave). He now divides his time between Phoenix, Philadelphia, Tijuana, London and Istanbul. Please visit www.davidhawkes.net for more information.
LG Williams received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis. He has showed at various national and international venues, among them The Internet Pavilion of La Biennale Di Venezia 2011, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, di Rosa Art Preserve, Laguna Art Museum, Klaipėdos Kultūrų Komunikacijų Centras, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, to name a few recent venues. His exhibition, In Abstentia, held at Super Window Project in Kyoto, was reviewed in Artforum magazine in May 2011. A major European exhibition, LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams, Anthology: 1985-2012, was organized in 2012 by Baron Osuna (Super Window Project) for Gloria Maria Gallery in Milan; the catalogue essay was written by Dr. Thomas Frangenberg, University of Leicester. Cengage Learning / Wadsworth published Williams's Drawing Upon Art: A Workbook for Gardner's Art Through the Ages — an innovative pedagogical tool designed to facilitate learning art history through drawing. Please visit www.lgwilliams.com for more information.
Alan Rubin is an Associate Professor of English at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa. He is the award-winning author of an essay on bicycle safety, for which he won a certificate in the fourth grade.