On April 13, 2011, Jeff Williams will begin two months of work at Recess as part of its signature program, Session. Over the course of Worn Thin, Williams will develop a series of sculptures, photographs, and videos along with a stratum of accumulated site-specific experiments. Various materials relating to the exterior architecture and interior dwelling will undergo a series of processes that slowly wear down these structures.
Materials for Worn Thin are collected from a wide range of sources, from contemporary building materials (Greenstar Cellulose Blocks, Allusion extruded aluminum foam, etc.) to things housed in our everyday spaces, including food and plant life. The physical space at Recess will be transformed to accommodate assorted makeshift equipment that promotes stress and erosion. These devices of decay will be constructed using “make your own” diagrams, conservation manuals, and low-fi kinetic tinkering. The resulting sculptures will patiently wear on the materials on hand. All actions will be photographed and recorded with each being placed in a loop and exhibited throughout the exhibition.
Visitors to Worn Thin are invited to donate materials to be decomposed and check in on their contribution’s evolution during the process. In addition, Williams will be offering free welding demonstrations and workshops; the artist will again call on volunteers to weld these small-scale items or contribute items for welding tests.
On view: November 11, 2023–January 25, 2024
Marcela Torres and Assembly
September 14–November 10, 2023
KING COBRA and Hue Hallums