dan keith williams (° Beaufort, South Carolina,) does photo lithography, pigment transfers and interactive multimedia installations. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, williams investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His lithographs and transfers establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, his works references southern sensibilities and tensions as well as notion of civil right and equality.
His works are often about the conflict of natures beauty and ghosts of the past which normally goes unrealized. Space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in obtuse ways. dan keith williams currently lives and works in New York.