New York, NY – 13 February 2014 – 15 March 2014
Robert Mann Gallery
525 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor
10001 New York, NY
Press release curtesy of Robert Mann Gallery:
P.P.O.W is pleased to present Robin F. Williams’ second solo exhibition at the gallery entitled “Sons of the Pioneers”. Through a series of paintings Williams challenges the roles of American masculinity and traditional portraiture by replacing the idyllic female, or odalisque, with romanticized scenes of men in various states of idleness. The narratives depicted circle around an inverted version of manifest destiny wherein men abandon their conquests and choose stillness, allowing the next frontier to be an inward quest. Through various painting techniques and a neon palette, Williams drapes each figure with mixed identities that mask traditional signifiers of purpose and patriarchy in order to construct a new and sympathetic masculine mythology.