The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry
A solo exhibition by Willie Stewart
20 September - 18 October 2014
Opening Reception: 20 September 2014, 6 - 8 pm

Press Release

Review in Daily Serving

List of Works
Installation Views

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PRESS RELEASE

Harry: I'm all alone.

Scotty: Me too.

Harry: You have someone, I'm the last of my kind.

Scotty: What happened to your family?

Harry: They’re gone! I lost them because they forgot how to love.

Scotty: Love?

Harry: Have you heard of love?

Scotty: Yes, but I don't know what it is.

Harry: Do you have a family?

Scotty: Yeah, but they don't want me – I'm all alone.

Harry: They forgot how to love as well – I love you Scotty.

[Pause]

Scotty: What do I have to do?

Harry: Nothing!

INT. Hungry Cafe, Dining Room – Night
The room is oddly constructed. Everything is falling apart but is suspended in time. The walls are pink and spongy like brain tissue. You investigate the room's content, slowly, taking mental inventory. Your experience is uneasy, and you’re wondering how everyone else is feeling. These words create imagery. This imagery causes turbulence. You see him.?

Harry looks imaginary but self-possessed. He is the last of his kind, an endling. But you are never afraid of him.? You crouch down to stare into Harry's gentle eyes. You calmly let previous ideas slip from your memory. The room’s pink walls reflect a colorful warmth onto your face like cotton candy. You gradually stand. Harry's eyes follow you. You finally roam to the door. Looking over your shoulder. Thinking about him.

INT. Scotty's House, Den – Night
The room is dark and antiquated. The walls are slick squares of factory printed woodgrain. The floor is littered with pillows. A family picture hides more than its surface. There is evidence of discipline. Scotty is standing in the corner. He has been standing there all night. His daddy told him, “get your nose in the corner,” and he did. As you look at Scotty, you feel his innocence. We all make mistakes. No one is free of oversight. He seems to have been standing there for a long time. Will he ever be released from this detention? The conclusion is uncertain. You take a deep breath. You look into Scotty's eyes one last time before leaving him. You now feel a moment of safety and comfort as the corner’s embrace now confines you.

Willie Stewart was born in Gallatin, Tennessee on December 30th, 1982. He is a BFA candidate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 2014, Stewart was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where he received an Alex Katz Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at 40AU (Nashville, TN), ZieherSmith pop-up gallery (Nashville, TN), the Louisville International Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival, where he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Short Film. Willie Stewart lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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LIST OF WORKS


Young Nest, 2014, underwear, hair, hair tie, ceramic bowls, platinum silicone, resin, gouache, spray paint, acrylic paint on mdf and wood, 38 x 48 x 25.5 inches


Teen Fantasy, 2014, white naugahyde, butterfly knife, human hair, platinum silicone, wood, 14 x 11.25 x 3.25 inches


Ring My Bell, 2014, brass, hair, hair tie, 40 x 11 x 12 inches


Secret Menu, 2014, digital c-prints, acrylic paint on mdf, 19 x 57 x 7 inches


Harry, 2014, dehydrated green beans, glass eyes, hardware cloth, burlap, cardboard, plastic wrap, spray paint on hydrocal, 20.25 x 37 x 20 inches


Hybrid Moments 2, 2014, black naugahyde, hair, hair tie, gold plexiglass, Marshall knobs, handles, casters, wood paneling, 43.25 x 30 x 30 inches


Family, 2014, digitally woven tapestry, spring clamps, wood, 89 x 58 x 48 inches


Scotty, 2014, platinum silicone, resin, child-sized mannequin, clothing, wig, wood paneling, 72 x 52 x 48 inches


All My Friends Are Dreamers Now, 2014, cotton, polyester, dimensions variable


Flyswatter, 2014, digital c-print, 20 x 16 inches


Scotty and Harry, 2014, digital video, 2:00


Let Love Go, 2014, FLAC audio, 4:22

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INSTALLATION VIEWS


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014


The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry, Installation View, 2014