William Lamson is a unique Brooklyn-based artist who works in the mediums of video, photography, performance and sculpture.
William Lamson’s 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 he engages directly with these forces as a performer, or by passively allowing his constructions to function on their own. Although his performances often involve struggle, and the devices appear to work effortlessly, in both systems chance and inevitability become dominant factors. In each case, his work documents a subtle transformation, a collaboration between forces that are usually unseen or unconsidered and his agency as an artist.
I first came across his work in the (awesome!) pinhead and balloons video featured on MilkandCookies.com, but the blog has been quiet recently (ever since that bad-ass Komei Aoki video last week!) and I thought that his ’emerge’ video would fit in nicely. Npr.org has a nice writeup of his work, including a neat multi-balloon on ladder popping trick video at the end