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John Williams

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For just over a decade, John Williams has been cleverly employing sculpture as a useful conduit for time-based action. In 1998, the Los Angeles–based artist produced the first objects of his ongoing “Record Projection” series, a group of small, flashy assemblages crafted from colorful, mass-produced plastic forms—drinking straws, dish scrubbers, stick-on bows, hair rollers, and poker visors, for example—attached to vinyl records that, when set atop spinning turntables, become animated instruments in Williams’s expanded cinema–like performances. During these events, Williams randomly selects and interchanges these top-heavy albums to play on turntables, wired to amps and speakers, scattered around the gallery floor. As they twirl, the records produce crackles and warped, droning tones. Working on the floor around each turntable, Williams repeatedly positions slide and film projectors that

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