William Powhida continues his exploration of social and cultural identity in Everyone! an exhaustive and sometimes impossible meditation on memory through a series of new works on paper. The monumental drawing Everyone I’ve Ever Met (that I can remember) presents portraits of everyone the artist has met since birth. Although an impossible task it represents an effort to reconstruct the social interactions that have shaped the artist’s identities. It is both a deeply intimate self-portrait and a very human map of terrain of the middle class.
F_iendship continues Powhida’s use of trompe l’oeil painting as a way to frame fragmentary, personal narratives, while other works in the show blur the boundaries between pop culture and personal memory with Cultural Memory: The Big Lebowski (unassisted) and the diptych Heroes and Villains.
William Powhida has shown three times at Dam, Stuhltrager including a solo exhibit Persona, which was named on the TOP TEN list of 2004 by James Kalm in The Brooklyn Rail. Concurrently with Everyone!, Powhida will be showcased by Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery at -scopeMiami and at Aqua Art Fair in Miami by Platform Gallery (Seattle).