ARCANA PART II
November 29 – December 22, 2018
Justin Williams, Fools Gold, Oil on canvas, 105 x 107 cm
Arcana part II is Justin Williams first solo exhibition in France.
This recent body of works brings together painting and ceramics to portray the second conclusion of ARCANA – shown in Melbourne / Australia in 2017;
Using the iconography of the tarot Marcell, as a vehicle to bring Justin’s own obsession with, local folk law, cults, and outsiders through a major arcana tarot reading.
• Arcana – letters broken apart, refashioned together, censored, replicated, in the same way, folkloric stories and local grapevines are passed down, forgotten, revived.
• In A Minor – Minor arcana cards representing emotion, creativity. Referring to children as minors, A Minor is also a harmonic pitch reference.
• Triangles – acme, third eye, pointing to the Heavens, shape of mountains, pointedness of animal teeth, Egyptian reincarnation, Illuminati.
• Blue painter’s tape – doubling up as de-identification method for the children / censoring eyes, effacing faces, rubbing out their previous lives for a new uncertainty.
• Marcel Proust – Quote from the book ‘Remembrance of Things Past is one of many versions printed on the Internet, which one is the true quote, and which is faux? Refers to seeing the same places/faces/quotes with new eyes.
• Unexplained mysteries – Missing celebrity chef Willie Koeppen, Is he dead, taken, in hiding? Rumours of his whereabouts in the forest, his famous restaurant now empty/food gone cold.
• The mysterious woodsman as shaman, soothsayer, spell-maker, healer, conjurer.
• The Hanged Man – upside-down vs wrong way up, emulating tarot card experience JLW had while painting the work through upside-down process
• JLW’s view of Picasso’s many versions of a shape, a form, an elbow, reaching perfection and finessing through trial and error, mistakes. Sharpness through process. As a painter, Picasso triumphed women/female form in his paintings, as a misogynist he elbowed them out of the way behind-closed-doors,m.
• 28 stolen children with hairs dyed ice-blonde, cult-like hegemony and visual uniformity. Dried-ice smoke was used as a party trick to con followers into thinking Anne Hamilton-Byrne was an apparition/second coming of Christ. In Hebrew numerology, 28 signifies ‘power’ and ‘energy.’
• Shape/shape-shifter of mediums, domesticities, cards, canvases. Trying out new shapes by transferring ceramic experience (sculpt, carve, wet, dry, bake) into painting process (gold leaf, house paint, sand, brush strokes, granular media), shifting the way hands are used and surfaces are built up.
• Format: 10-card Celtic Cross tarot – (format of essay) is a tarot deck format that represents love, career family.