William Mackrell

William Mackrell studied MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2016 and BA Painting at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London (2005).

Selected solo exhibitions include: Door for a day, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna (2017), Steam Horses, The Ryder, London (2015), FLOOR, MOCA London (2012). Selected group exhibitions: Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens, Pi Artworks London, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, Jerwood Space London, PerForma FOLD Gallery, London, Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room London (2015), N(l)ight Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, The Trouble With Painting Today, Pump House Gallery, London (2014), Cover Up (Curated By, Vienna), Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna (2013), Infinite Jest, Dundee Contemporary Arts Scotland (2012), Colour LIGHT Time, Two Rooms Gallery Auckland (2011) and Innovators 3 Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts Melbourne (2010). Mackrell is currently artist in residence at the Florence Trust, London (2016-17).

He recently received the Purchase Prize from Goldsmiths College, London (2016) for his MFA degree show and will be included in a global survey on the use of text in art, ‘The book of the word’, published by Thames & Hudson (2018). Forthcoming projects include Armory Show, New York with Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna and a solo exhibition at The Ryder, London in April 2017.

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Works present themselves as thoughts and gestures salvaged from the wreckage of saturated and distracted environments. Where the digital and minimal slickness of todays technologies run a muck with the use of the hand that try’s to claw back control over the beast of proliferated imagery, to end this multitude and multiple of imagery that spirals me into an overload of being mesmerised. Hovering between existing and not being visible, fleeting, shifting, this sense of the temporary comes from my ingested self, growing up in London, where space and people are forever in flux, nothing stays reliable. This animality inside me leads these questions, looking from afar upon my surroundings and asking what are these strange humans doing? My stage is set in the language of photography but dismantled through turning photography into choreography; where dance, body, emotion, histories culminate in a rhythm that smacks with frustration, beats with repetition, endless waiting and revolving within the death of wasted time.

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