William LaChance: TIMESHARE
March 25th – June 3rd, 2023
Madison Gallery is pleased to announce William LaChance: TIMESHARE. In this, the artist’s second solo project with Madison Gallery, LaChance embraces the collision of unlike parts to create hybrid experiences and kaleidoscopic color spectrums.
As the title suggests, TIMESHARE expands on the theme of painting’s ability to provide a form of escapism for the artist and viewer alike. The paintings imply but do not comply with traditional motifs of landscape, figuration and pure abstraction- instead they are reimagined and cobbled together using colors and forms more akin to advertising, souvenirs, decorative murals, t-shirt shops and arcades, the visual language of travel. In deploying these vernacular signals, these works present a kind of reverse approach to painting that one could fittingly associate with pop art, but with the formal traits of light and space they simultaneously participate in a formal, classical dialogue.
William LaChance (b. 1971, St Louis, Missouri) lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Indiana University. LaChance’s pictures are associations of displaced forms and colors cribbed from graphic design, fashion, art history and nature itself cobbled together using a variety of methods and materials from painting and printmaking to assemblage and sewing. The paintings themselves have shifting hierarchies of similar concerns: of material exploration, abstract identity, formal space and narrative expression. They openly blur the boundary between high art and applied arts not only in principle but in practice- lending themselves to various manner of surface design, from textiles and branding to fully realized earthworks. LaChance’s recent mural adorning the Kinloch Park basketball courts was named the best designed basketball court in the world by Architectural Digest. Since 2015, LaChance has exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Athens, Miami, San Diego, Amsterdam and Tokyo. His works have been collected extensively in private and public collections worldwide, including NIKE, Pernod Ricard, Warby Parker, The U.S. Federal Reserve, Hobbes London, Milla Jovovich, Sergio Marchionne / Ferrari and NBC. He has received press both online and in print, including Artsy, Juxtapoz, Forbes, Vogue, L’Officiel, Surface, Dezeen, Architectural Digest and Le Mille.