PRINT January 2001

Dennis Cooper

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD JOHN WILLIAMS ISN’T THE easiest artist to introduce. With his expansive, fractured, visionary talent, he’s something akin to an inventor whose energies just happen to fall within the scope of contemporary art. But whereas the quest for a better mousetrap can only lead to more insane ways to catch mice, Williams’s dizzyingly imaginative videos, sculptures, and paintings prove how far these mediums can be stretched. His daring, highly personal work has been an inspiration and touchstone for LA’s in-the-know artists and critics since 1998, when the Cal Arts graduate fist began exhibiting his work. With a March show on the docket at London’s greengrassi gallery and a New York appearance in the works, it’s a safe bet that our local excitement is about to translate into much broader acknowledgment.

If so formally promiscuous a body of work can be said to have a core medium,

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