Karen Lee Williams
August 5 - 27, 2017
Opening: Saturday, August 5th, 7-9pm
Monte Vista Projects is pleased to announce Portuguese Bend, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Karen Lee Williams.
Lee Williams presents an installation of new sculptures inspired by Portuguese Bend, a stretch of road on the Palos Verdes peninsula in southern Los Angeles County. Early developers in the area partially caused the slow moving landslide that has since required the road to be repaved every few months. Much of the time, the peninsula is shrouded in marine layer with walls and hedges further veiling terraced gardens and tennis courts. The nearest freeway is 45 minutes away. This natural and manmade seclusion make the area an attractive destination for suicides, ghost stories, and increasingly violent turf battles between local surfers and visitors. Rather than constructing a documentary portrait of a place, Lee Williams draws on the geological and folk history of this quintessentially California site, where the sublime surface of things overlays something more hostile, to create mixed media sculptures that excavate the metaphorical power of a place defined by both science and myth.
Karen Lee Williams lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been shown in galleries and artist-run spaces in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, including a recent solo exhibition at Equity Gallery, NY and group exhibitions at September, Hudson and Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles. Lee Williams will be included in the inaugural exhibition at Albada Jelgersma, Amsterdam this September and will have a solo exhibition at Art League Houston in 2019.
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