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UNWOUND BRIAN WILLS

Nye + Brown is pleased to present Brian Wills: Unwound opening January 7th, 2012. Using relatively few materials: thread, paint, and wood, the new works dance between radical color line compositions and minimal reflective fields.

In constant flux, a push-pull, harmony and discordance run through the work. Wills literally stretches the limits of what thread can do, physically and visually. The pieces consisting of densely woven, intersecting bands of color give multiplied dimension to

the picture plane. Exacting lines give way to intentional flaws. The artist is ever present, obsessive and imperfect. The gesture is repeated and grows to monumental scales. The result explodes into vibrating grids of color, bold, brilliant and joyful.

Other works take a more subtle approach. Looser compositions and application of

industrial polyurethane harness light and alter perception. Wills commands the line to

induce optical sensations as the liquid surface built up through a laborious process of sanding and application gives way to limitless reflection.

Wills is a graduate of Denison and Harvard Universities. His work has been included

in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad. Previous exhibitions include Swell Art 1950-2010, NY, Gray Day at Roberts and Tilton, What’s New Pussycat at the Torrance

Art Museum, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Made in California, Selected Works

from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation and Consequence at Museum 52 in London. Brian Wills lives and works in Los Angeles.

Brian Wills Untitled (Inverted Cross), 2012 Oil and rayon thread on wood 36 x 36 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Inverted Cross) (Detail), 2012 Oil and rayon thread on wood 36 x 36 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Inverted Graph), 2012 Oil and rayon thread on wood 36 x 36 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Inverted Graph) (Detail), 2012 Oil and rayon thread on wood 36 x 36 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Graph Grid), 2012 Enamel, rayon linear polyurethane on wood 60 x 60 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Graph Grid), 2012 Enamel, rayon linear polyurethane on wood 60 x 60 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Red Poly), 2012 Enamel, linear polyurethane and rayon thread on wood 60 x 72 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Red Poly), 2012 Enamel, linear polyurethane and rayon thread on wood 60 x 72 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Horizontal Red), 2012 Oil, rayon thread and linear polyurethane on wood 24 x 48 inches

Brian Wills Sixty for J.M., 2012 Oil, rayon thread, linear polyurethane on wood 12 x 12 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Surfboard), 2012 Oil, rayon thread and linear polyurethane on wood 32 x 96 inches

Brian Wills
 Untitled (Vertical Horizon), 2012 Oil, rayon thread, and linear polyurethane on wood 24 x 96 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Cross), 2012 Oil, and rayon thread on wood 72 x 72 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Cross) (Detail), 2012 Oil, and rayon thread on wood 72 x 72 inches

Brian Wills Untitled (Wedge Sculpture), 2012 Oil, rayon thread, and basswood on wood 36 x 36 x 12

Brian Wills Untitled (Crosses), 2012 Oil, and rayon thread on wood (25) 12 x 12 inch panels

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Brian Wills: Unwound