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Insulated Canteen by William Powhida

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Insulated Canteen by William Powhida

36.00

“When the Headlands asked me to design a water bottle for their benefit I visited the MIZU website and looked at the beatific images of people enjoying the outdoors. A view of the sunset  from a driftwood perch on the beach. The scenes to the contrary filled me with a sense of loathing about aspirational lifestyle aesthetics. I imagined an alternate scenario, perhaps closer to the plot of a horror film where a beautiful day turns into a life or death game of survival on a remote mountain trail.  That’s because most days feel like a horror film. These will make great passive-aggressive gifts for social climbers and climate change deniers alike, or people who still have a sense of humor.”

ABOUT THE MAKER:

William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including After The Contemporary at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Month to Month produced by More Art, Overculture at Postmasters Gallery, and Hashtag Class [#class] at Winkleman Gallery.  His recent exhibition After After the Contemporary was on view at Charlie James Gallery this spring and he will be exhibiting this fall at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen.

Powhida is an infrequent contributor to ArtFCity and Hyperallergic on issues that alarm him and a member of the Artists Studio Affordability Project, an artist-led advocacy group working towards commercial rent regulation. He is also the co-host of Explain Me, a biweekly podcast with Paddy Johnson exploring the intersection of art, money, and politics.
He is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery (NY), Charlie James Gallery (LA), Poulsen Gallery (DK), and Platform Gallery (WA). He holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College.  His work has been written about in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, ArtFCity, The Guardian, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and October among other publications.  

Artist Website

Photography by Charlie James Gallery.

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“When the Headlands asked me to design a water bottle for their benefit I visited the MIZU website and looked at the beatific images of people enjoying the outdoors. A view of the sunset  from a driftwood perch on the beach. The scenes to the contrary filled me with a sense of loathing about aspirational lifestyle aesthetics. I imagined an alternate scenario, perhaps closer to the plot of a horror film where a beautiful day turns into a life or death game of survival on a remote mountain trail.  That’s because most days feel like a horror film. These will make great passive-aggressive gifts for social climbers and climate change deniers alike, or people who still have a sense of humor.”

ABOUT THE MAKER:

William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including After The Contemporary at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Month to Month produced by More Art, Overculture at Postmasters Gallery, and Hashtag Class [#class] at Winkleman Gallery.  His recent exhibition After After the Contemporary was on view at Charlie James Gallery this spring and he will be exhibiting this fall at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen.

Powhida is an infrequent contributor to ArtFCity and Hyperallergic on issues that alarm him and a member of the Artists Studio Affordability Project, an artist-led advocacy group working towards commercial rent regulation. He is also the co-host of Explain Me, a biweekly podcast with Paddy Johnson exploring the intersection of art, money, and politics.
He is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery (NY), Charlie James Gallery (LA), Poulsen Gallery (DK), and Platform Gallery (WA). He holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College.  His work has been written about in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, ArtFCity, The Guardian, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and October among other publications.  

Artist Website

Photography by Charlie James Gallery.