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Margaret Thatcher Projects

SPLASH

  • William Betts

Press for SPLASH

Current Exhibitions at Margaret Thatcher Projects


Ghosts In The Machine

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Light Years: Celebrating 20 years of Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ted Larsen

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

text me

  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Across This New Divide

  • Heidi Spector,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

minimal invasiv

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Heat

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Cathy Choi,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Vadim Katznelson,
  • Rainer Gross,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Venske & Spänle,
  • William Steiger,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Evan Stoller,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fountains

  • Robert Chamberlin,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Composition

  • Maria Park,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Far Closer

  • Robert Sagerman,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flight

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Danjerus Cable

  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RECONFIGURED

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Adam Fowler,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

See Me, Feel Me

  • Frank Badur,
  • Teo González,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brice Brown

  • Brice Brown,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HYBRID FORM

  • Frank Badur,
  • Omar Chacon,
  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Joanne Mattera,
  • Richard Roth,
  • Opens: May. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Am the Fire

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Flower

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Suite Color

  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

H O T S P O T S

  • William Betts
  • Gary Carsley,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Teo Gonzalez,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • David Mann,
  • Michael Seiden,
  • Maria Park,
  • Robert Sagerman,
  • William Steiger,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Opens: Jul. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vibrations

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Nava Lubelski,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hoping for Clear Skies

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Lula Mae Blocton,
  • Maureen McQuillan,
  • Maria Park,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sympathetic Strings

  • David Mann,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arch/Horizon Paintings

  • Teo González,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SPLASH

  • William Betts
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THRILLS

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Industrial Park

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing Through: France & Poland

  • Tad Mike,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alternative Perspectives

  • Gary Carsley,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • William Steiger,
  • Raphael Zollinger,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Spectral Flux

  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As Above So Below

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jun 09 - Jul 16, 2016

  • Reception: Jun 09, 6 - 8pm

Where

Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • 539 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.675.0222

About

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present SPLASH, an exhibition of paintings by William Betts. In his third solo show at the gallery, Betts’ continues to investigate the role surveillance and illusion of privacy in contemporary society through a balance of technology and painting.

Betts’ cleverly shuffles the notion of the viewer’s gaze. The artist uses surveillance footage and photographic images taken as a distant observer with a long lens. Captivated by the structural components of images, he re-contextualizes them through enhancing pixel components, digital artifacts and simplified colors; then, the artist programs a CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machine to apply single drops of acrylic paint to canvas. His finished paintings illuminate an intersection between landscape painting and the photographic source material, both traditionally having disparate intentions and viewing experiences. It is this exchange between traditional painting and ubiquitous documentation that Betts is mediating.

For this exhibition, Betts’ presents a series of beach and pool-scapes, inspired by his travels and home city of Miami Beach, Florida. He says, “Although formally vague narrative pictures of holiday revelers, the point-of-view, the distance and the subject are all meant to convey a slight sense of unease. I use seemingly carefree subject matter to examine this societal shift from the perspective of someone photographing just out of the subject’s awareness.”

William Betts received a B.A. in Studio Fine Art from Arizona State University in 1991. Betts has been a recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally most recently at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Praha, Czech Republic and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart as part of the exhibition Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid). The artist lives and works in Miami, FL.


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