at Magnolia Gallery through August 1.
by Todd Camplin

Magnolia Art Gallery is one of the unique alternative art spaces in Dallas, nestled
within the Magnolia Theater and a haven for up and coming artists.. On this
excursion, I had a desire for black and white, cinematic and images that  
would capture my imagination....

Andrew Williams’ photography supplied me with drama of architecture in  
his show titled “Archetypes.” Williams is a New York based photographer
pursuing his bachelor of fine arts, but has shown extensively in the DFW area.  
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All images in the Archetype series are in editions of 10.
Durst Lambda C-Type Prints
The Archetype series of photographs was inspired by a dream that I encountered.
It is based on geometry within architecture. The structures are multiplied and
juxtaposed onto themselves. The images have a formulaic feel and are
meant to portray the term “archetype”  as accurately and graphically as
possible,” Andrew Williams.
The Magnolia show will feature Williams’ photos of multiple perspective shots of
buildings. A multiple exposures done in camera, and Williams skillfully uses this
technique to make powerful images of architecture with ghostly reflections.
I have seen this type of “formulaic feel” in many other photographers works,
but William is not defining his work with a trick of the edit, but with the idea
of the image. The concept feels like a collage made from the past and present
of these ever changing yet seemingly not changing structures. Although, more
sophisticated than just a refection from water, the mirror effect is a strong element.
Magnolia Theatre in the West Village
3699 McKinney Ave
It's always free to go upstairs and enjoy the artwork, or just stop
by on your way to a movie!
The buildings repeat and are arranged by merging the buildings to create powerful
geometric, minimal lines. There is also a strange, understated atmospheric layer that
clouds the images with more organic lines.  

Many of the photos are inspired by Dallas’ iconic skyline and some nondescript places
that look to be around DFW. The excitement of trying to identify some of the buildings
and place I have been. It was also fun to try to find hidden images of cars or lamp
posts that had been faded into the image. Andrew Williams takes his architectural
photos and really plays through rearranging the shapes of these buildings.  I hated
pulling myself way, but I had a date ... I was meeting at “Midnight in Paris.”

The show runs throgh August 1st.

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