Bubble Tournament: Zeke Williams MFA Thesis Exhibition
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Zeke Williams MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 12-16, 2021
Moudy Gallery, Texas Christian University
The Art Galleries at TCU present Bubble Tournament, Zeke Williams’ MFA Thesis Exhibition. Bubble Tournament will be on view at Moudy Gallery from April 12-16, 2021, with an online gallery and other digital materials coming soon.
For his Spring 2021 MFA thesis exhibition at TCU’s Moudy Gallery, Zeke Williams will present 6 works of CNC carved birch plywood and 4 blind embossed works on Rives BFK paper. Bubble Tournamentis the culmination of 3 years and research and study at TCU’s fine art MFA program. Zeke’s focus is printmaking, but he rarely makes things that would be traditionally called prints Instead he often exhibits works that are either the woodblock plates that would be used to make the prints and sometimes oversized blocks too big for any press available.
This body of work is subdued and devoid of the bright colors Zeke is know for. The robotically carved plywood reveals layers of woodgrain and dark spots of burnt adhesive from the end mills used in cuttings friction. The images are created in Adobe Illustrator, taking compositions created in a no longer available iPhone game called “Noby Noby Boy” and using those compositions as outlines, filling them with strips and dots to create hard edged patterns that are contained in quasi organic shapes. The goal of the “Noby Noby Boy” game was for all players worldwide to collectively stretch a character called the Boy via various tasks (drawing, playing music, traveling in the real world) every player’s work would be added to a collective total that would stretch the Girl (a gigantic cosmic version of the Boy) and she would reach out to the planets as players worked for years together. This series pays homage to that game mechanic by taking the artwork titles from a list of Minor Planets on Wikipedia.
The final year of Zeke’s MFA is marked by Covid 19’s impact on the schooling process. The show title, Bubble Tournament,references the NBA’s tournament bubble in Orlando that was held in the summer of 2020 as the pandemic raged across the United States. Like this tournament in Orlando, this exhibition cannot be seen in person by anyone who is not a part of the TCU campus bubble. The work itself, especially the blind embossed paper works, includes some visual bubbles to echo this concept. The show will be documented and available for online viewing.
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