Buddhaheads and Abercrombie

Buddhaheads and Abercrombie

by LG Williams


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As in Stripe City, famed poet, artist and author LG Williams (Buddhaheads and Abercrombie) casts a keen eye inward and bares his 6-pak in a slim volume of personal poetry. This collection is narrower in scope than LG's earlier books and the sense of artistic pride is stronger, more compelling. But all of his opinions are deeply rooted and most are conveyed with a combination of humility, personable intelligence and wit. Like a modern-day Jekyll and Hyde, LG offers insights on a wide range of topics: Africa, youth, virility, self-reflection, independence and the importance of understanding both the historical truth of the aesthetic experience and the art that truth inspires. Women are a recurrent topic, and in "A Bong Brings Sensuality," he writes of the revelations the young (his younger self included) have of getting high. "They Came to Come" is a particularly inspirational piece paying homage to hot topics. "My Precious Jewels" dedicated to Oprah Winfrey (to whom the previous collection was dedicated), is again mentioned and is likened to "the lusty desperado who brings us the most hardy and penetrating lessons and cleanses the most exquisite nocturnal emissions." In his final essay, LG uses the story of the prodigal son to remind readers of the value of solitude: "In silence we do it to ourselves. Then happiness overwhelms us. We love ourselves, and, finally, in the radiant quietude we search the Internet."

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ISBN-13: 9781545363911
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2017
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

LG Williams received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis nearly twenty years after the school's most famous graduate Bruce Nauman. He has showed at various national and international venues, among them The Internet Pavilion of La Biennale Di Venezia 2011, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, di Rosa Art Preserve, Klaipedos Kultury Komunikacijy Centras, Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Super Window Project, Gloria Maria Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Steven Wirtz Gallery, and Gallery Subversive, Cologne Art Fair, Artissima, LISTE, Art-O-Rama, and ARCO. A major European exhibition, LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams, Anthology: 1985-2012, was organized in 2012 by Baron Osuna (Super Window Project) for Gloria Maria Gallery in Milan; the catalogue essay was written by Dr. Thomas Frangenberg, University of Leicester.

An heir to West Coast and Beat Generation art, LG Williams is one of the youngest member of the Rat Bastard Protective Association, whose membership includes Bruce Connor, Wally Hedrick, Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri. Williams has taught at the University of California-Davis, University of Southern California, California College of the Arts, Arizona State University and the University of Hawaii. In March 2009 Cengage Learning / Wadsworth published Williams's Drawing Upon Art: A Workbook for Gardner's Art Through the Ages -- an innovative pedagogical tool designed to facilitate learning art history through drawing. In 2011-12 Williams was the art critic for The Tokyo Weekender, the oldest free English publication in Japan. In 2016 Williams (PCP Press) published Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies by Dave Hickey, edited by Julia Friedman, which was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.

More information can be found at www.lgwilliams.com

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