Ceri Hand Gallery – Bedwyr Williams: NIMROD

18 September – 24 October 2009
For his inaugural solo show, the artist Bedwyr Williams has transformed the gallery into a provincial airport, complete with terminal buildings, control tower, runway and menacing formation of planes looming overhead. Constructed from skateboards, walking sticks and incongruous found objects, these makeshift planes form bizarre psychological weapons – the artist’s nightmare manifest.

“There is the nightmare where a pogo stick made from glossy human body parts vaults down a leafy avenue and jabs me in the chest forcing the air out of my lungs so I can’t scream. There is also the nightmare where I’m in the back of a speeding car with no driver. There is the abstract big/small dream where my mind big bangs and bangs big over and over again. There are the stupid nightmares that I bore people with at breakfast time. But the worst of all, the one that scalds my brain with dread is this one: it’s a sunny day and I’m alone. I hear a drone in the sky, looking up I see a plane and then another and another. Hundreds, thousands of planes – they’re not planes though, I don’t know what they are..”

A rumbling audio dominates the gallery, disconcertingly referencing both the Israeli anti-tank guided missile and 1980’s SAS operation that share the exhibitions’ title. In true Williams’ style, however, NIMROD also means ‘a foolish person’ and is a composition by Edward Elgar. This multifarious meaning belies William’s take on the world – simultaneously satirical and deadly serious, he reveals both his and our own complex neurosis and idiosyncrasies. His installation, text based works and live performances explore subject matter ranging from growing up in Colwyn Bay with size 13 feet, to a mini bus crash with four other artists in residence (in which he is the only survivor). NIMROD further exposes the ludicrous fears that drive and restrain us all.

“To see a walking stick in a dream, foretells you will enter into contracts without proper deliberation, and will consequently suffer reverses. If you use one in walking, you will be dependent upon the advice of others. To admire handsome ones, you will entrust your interest to others, but they will be faithful”.

“To see or ride a skateboard in your dream, indicates that you have the gift of making any difficult situation look easy. You carry yourself with style and great composure in the hardest of situations. Alternatively, the dream signifies your free and fun-loving side”.

“Dreaming of an airplane indicates of a search for freedom, adventure and advancement. You will be reaching higher levels of success, and sharper consciousness. It might also foretell that you are about to escape from your daily routine and go in new directions. It might also indicate that it is time for you to go on a trip”.

“To dream that you are caught in an air raid, indicates that you are feeling overwhelmed by things that are seemingly coming out of the blue. You feel a lack of control in your life.”

Bedwyr Williams in conversation with artist Juan Cruz on Wednesday 30 September at 18.30.

Bedwyr Williams – NIMROD