William T. Wiley: An Interview


1979 | 00:38:11 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Interviews, On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Blumenthal/Horsfield Interviews, Interview, Painting

William T. Wiley (b. 1937) combines a variety of materials (found objects, wood, animal hides, rope, paint) with poetry, puns, hearsay, and legends to present a very complex and enigmatic personal vision. Besides making sculpture, he also does prints, drawings, and paintings. His witty and often ironic work emphasizes both the commonality and impenetrability of everyday life and its contents. Wiley continues to live and work in the San Francisco Bay area.

“Walking down the road, something will catch your eye, and you pick it up. An object, forked stick, piece of glass, that object has the power to stimulate 'I know right where this will go' and gives me an idea,” Wiley says in this interview with Kate Horsfield.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1979.

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