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Press Release January 27, 2006







"Light Sculptures"

January 28 - March 18, 2006


Exhibition Opening: Friday, January 27, 2006

7:00 to 10:00 pm






Ladies and Gentlemen,


Emmett Williams – Berlin’s American "artist in residence" for over twenty years – was post-modern before anyone even dreamed of using such a term. Poet, performer and founding member of the Fluxus movement, Williams has been crossing boundaries, mixing media and defining the term "interdisciplinary" long before all those tendencies became so en vogue. From Canada to Kenya to Japan, Harvard University (Artist in Residence) and Lodz, Poland (President of the International Artists’ Museum) Emmett Williams has been combining art, intuition and humor for over half a century.


It gives us great pleasure to announce the initiation of our program for 2006 with the first solo exhibition of Emmett Williams at the EMERSON Gallery Berlin. Enhancing the broader overview of his work seen in the his major retrospective in Poznan Poland in Autumn 2005, the current exhibition features new and older works from this multi-faceted artist. Providing the title of this show, the centerpiece here is Williams’, series of recycling works: Light Sculptures. Using material for illustrations of the artist/poet’s 1986 German Poems (Deutsche Gedichte, Rainer Verlag), Williams randomly slashes quality art paper to form stencils through which a rainbow of colors are spray-painted onto additional sheets serving as the playground for new works. The resulting fields of vivid color are reworked as collages spiced up with sticky labels of letters, dots and various symbols. The result is a playful new world of often narrative imaginings and inventive art games.


In EMERSON EDITION XV Williams’ legendary Fluxus people make an appearance in a good-natured homage to Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. This limited edition graphic work (30 pieces, approx. 29.7 x 21 cm, signed and numbered) is available for 300 Euro/ea. during the exhibition,- (350 Euro/ea. subsequent to the exhibit).


As an additional highlight during this exhibition, Williams’ "Piece for Yo-Yo Ma" can be heard in our gallery space on 4 March 2006. This rare recording performed by Yo-Yo Ma himself (1979) will be presented with projections of Williams’ equally fascinating score for the piece. (Reservations required; an additional press release to this event is forthcoming.)


On view in this exhibit, Emmett Williams’ oeuvre spans over music, performance, poetry and the visual arts. John Cage meets Marcel Duchamp ... on paper and elsewhere.


Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 2:00 – 7:00 pm,

Saturday Noon – 4:00 pm and by appointment


The artist and gallerist are available for interviews in English



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