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Megan Williams

Carl Berg Gallery

In Purge (all works 2008), a new work by Megan Williams that was the centerpiece of the artist’s third solo show at Carl Berg Gallery, several dozen cartoon drawings of the laugh-till-you-cringe ilk are pinned all over a soft mannequin slumped in a chair. Collectively, the sketches form a suit of armor created by the artist spilling her guts, taking the idea of wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve to an absurd extreme. The work also suggests that, like the invisible man we see only by way of bandages wrapped around him, the figure’s form is really all surface.

This kind of thought stew also informs Williams’s wall drawings, works on paper, and works in oil and charcoal on linen. Brain Invaded, for example, shows a giant figure threatened by a mudslide and a careering tanker truck, pummeled by baseballs-turned-meteors, and under attack from dark knights. Forging an identity by turning the

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