Made by Will: Selections from Four Portfolios
Made by Will: Selections from Four Portfolios (May 7 – June 27, 2010)
“Pardon me, may I steal a moment of your time?
I am going to put you on the spot.
Would you be willing to let me take your portrait?”
Houstonian Will Michels (b. 1968) has been making portraits for more than twenty-five years. Initially driven to confront something that made him uncomfortable, he turned his camera’s gaze inward, and later to other male subjects.
Made by Will is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s more intimate work and includes four series: Self-Portraits, In Their Room, Studies, and Busts. These images are evocative, demonstrating a heightened degree of intimacy and the artist’s firm understanding of art history.
Notably, the artist’s better known series include Living History: Iwo Jima + 60 and CREW: The Men of the U.S.S. TEXAS, a project that earned him the 1999 HCP Fellowship Award. While works in Made by Will pivot around the chronological axis of the artist’s HCP Fellowship Exhibition, they move beyond the documentary to suggest a more emotional and experimental photographic practice.
Rich in tonality and expertly printed, Will’s gelatin silver, cyanotype, and salted paper photographs are works by a Master printer who is destined to create beautiful and intriguing images for years to come.
- Madeline Yale, Exhibition Curator