Gunner Williams

In 1985, when I was fifteen, I found a large spool of white cotton string in the parking lot of the apartment complex where my mother and I lived. I promised myself at that time that I would save it and create a piece of art with it at some point. Twenty-two years later, at age thirty-seven, I followed through on that promise.

Based on a dream about projecting something off of a canvas I embarked on putting together my first string art piece.

Sewing the string I had been saving to the canvas, and proceeding through a series of steps with paint, glue and gravity, I created my first string art piece which can be best described as wall sculpture.

The sewing of the string and the large size of the canvas stem from two different influences.

Sewing is what I was exposed to as a kid. My mother was always knitting, sewing or making me clothes so naturally I saw this as an excellent way to adhere the string to the canvas.

The canvas is stretched on  2 x 6’s which comes from my idea that I wanted the canvas to be an intensely noticeable statement in addition to what was presented on its surface. I did not want the piece to be framed. I built it so it would not be framable from a practical point of view. At this time I coined the pieces “In Your Face” as they project straight off the wall and in your face.

Symbolically, the colors of the pieces are also significant and personal. I have restored two vintage American muscle cars, a 1970 Dodge Challenger and a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which was definitely a labour of love as well as indicative of the era during which I grew up. The factory colors that these cars came with were amazing and totally influence my color choices.

This body of work encompasses my desire to use personally significant materials to express the complex emotional attachment I have to these facets of my past, which helps me to explore how those events shaped who I am as an artist and a human being.