Adrian Williams is a conceptual narrative artist whose written work serves as a catalyst for performances, interventions, and film. Utilizing diverse communication tools such as answering machines, newspaper articles, and radio programs, she illuminates fleeting, intimate, yet often public scenarios. The physical and symbolic use of sound has been both a tool for and subject of her recent works; she often collaborates with musicians during the development and performance of her work. ALBATROSS ADO (2008), a 16mm silent film short of a small house slowly being moved through Ushuaia, Argentina, was accompanied during screenings by live instrumentation-two violas and an upright bass. The composition, written for film, emphasizes the anxious moments when the house narrowly clear’s the town’s low-hanging electric lines.
Williams was born in Portland, Oregon, and received her MFA in 2006 from Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has had several solo exhibitions, including Art 41 Basel, Switzerland (2010); Art Production Fund LAB, New York (2009), and Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany (2007). Recent group exhibitions include Terminal Convention, Cork, Ireland (2011); New Frankfurt Internationals, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurter Kunstverein, (2010); Facing our Demons, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2010); and The Malady of Writing, Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona, Spain (2010).