William P Immer
Born in London, England
Lives and Works Somewhere
Working with the idea that the history of art is often lost in the broad view of things, Immer started taking a closer look at how people view that history and what exactly they might be looking at. Starting with the language of the observed thing, he began to take the details info all sorts of visual and imaginative directions. Attention to detail is everything when it comes to viewing Immer’s work. He assumes that the average viewer of art these days is over-saturated with imagery and hardly spends any time looking carefully at any one thing. In other words, Immer suggests that daydreaming has been taken out of the viewing process.
So, the artist finds items (paintings, sculptures, objects, etc) languishing in dark corners of antique shops or storage centres and re-imagines them with a new sense of purpose. Often whimsical, but with an occasional biting statement, Immer proposes a new connection between art history and todays world. As Immer says: “I love to take old dusty things that were at one time possibly revered or given importance, and thrust them into our world today - filled with its constant superficiality and hyperbole.”
Immer’s work is not about defacing an original piece of art, or about strong political or social theories. He sees himself more as an ‘imaginator’, as he puts it. This would be someone who sees something living in all objects, whether it be a spirit or an idea. It should be said that though there are similarities with well known graffiti artists or other humourist artists working today, Immer really wants to try and make something that has longevity, rather than a ‘one off’ joke. He wants to make something historical over something historical, so that in the future that history might be rendered senseless. Time just becomes one long dream.