Artes Mundi 7: Bedwyr Williams
Art in the Bar
Bedwyr Williams: Tyrrau Mawr, 2016
Bedywr Williams’ practice draws upon his own life experiences, highlighting and examining the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life.
For Artes Mundi 7, Bedwyr has created a fictional city around Cadair Idris (Idris’ Chair) near Dolgellau in North Wales. The city draws its inspiration from mega cities built all over the world to house expanding populations and to sate burgeoning state ambition in times of economic boom. The film Tyrrau Mawr can be seen at National Museum Cardiff and Bedwyr has developed a companion work for Chapter’s Caffi Bar space. The large-scale diptych of day and night from the film also references the medium of matte painting, a device applied to live-action film footage to enable the illusion on film of environments that would otherwise be too expensive, or impossible, to build.
About the artist
Bedwyr Williams uses multimedia, performance and text to explore the friction between ‘the deadly serious’ and ‘the banal’ aspects of modern life. Williams is known for satirizing the relationship between the artist and curator by creating absurd scenarios for them to appear in. More recently he has explored, through video, themes of dystopia and mankind’s significance in the universe. Williams is shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2015 and represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale.
Bedwyr Williams is presented at Chapter alongside the work of Lamia Joreige (in Stiwdio Seligman) and Nástio Mosquito (in the Gallery and Lightbox) as part of Artes Mundi 7.
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