Last Day – Ryan Williams, Monsters & Landscapes
Through painting, video, and photography Williams’ Monsters & Landscapes explores the beautiful and destructive relationship between humans and nature.
Curious about mankind and nature’s capacity to create and destroy, Williams created this series as an exploration of the duality in our natural world. Fueled by the desire to discover and understand his own monsters and landscapes his art serves to connect and reflect on the opposing forces that shape our world and our individual beings.
About the Artist
Ryan Piers Williams is an American Filmmaker and artist born and raised in El Paso, TX. Upon graduating from theSchool of Cinematic Arts at the University of SouthernCalifornia, Williams began his work in the film industryworking for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney onseveral productions including; Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13,and Goodnight and Good Luck.In 2010 Williams wrote and directed his first feature film,
The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 SundanceFilm Festival and was released theatrically later that year.Most recently, Williams wrote, directed, produced andacted in his second feature film, X/Y, alongside his wife, America Ferrera. X/Y debuted at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will be theatrically and digitally released on March 6, 2015.
While defining himself as a filmmaker, Williams chose to expand upon the themes commonly found in his films through the use of various mediums including paint and photography. His art provides him with an opportunityto express and interact with his audience in alternative ways.The convergence of film and art is readily apparent in Williams’ works. Drawinghis audience into his artistic journey he invites them to engage with his work ina deep and meaningful way. Through the use of multiple mediums includingPolaroids, canvas, and video he seeks to examine both the serene and causticsides of human nature in his artwork. This theme serves as the basis for his Monsters & Landscapes series.Ryan Piers Williams’ first solo show, Monsters & Landscapes will debutin New York City on January 9th 2015.