My work involves intervening with natural and cultural forces to explore ideas of power, control and human agency. Through the use of homemade props and low-tech devices, I engage directly with these forces as a performer, or by passively allowing my constructions to function on their own. Although my performances often involve struggle, and the devices appear to work effortlessly, in both systems chance and inevitability become dominant factors. In each case, my work documents a subtle transformation, a collaboration between forces that are usually unseen or unconsidered and my agency as an artist.
William Lamson is a Brooklyn based artist who works in video, photography, performance and sculpture. His work addresses issues of masculinity, amateurism, science, play and the quixotic quest for personal heroism that accompanies these subjects. Lamson received his MFA from Bard in 2006 and his BA from Dartmouth in 2000. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, Pierogi Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, among others. His work can be seen at Pierogi, Robischon Gallery, Arthouse, Caren Golden Fine Art, Exit Art, Vox Populi and Marty Walker Gallery.