William Wheeler’s artistic praxis ranges from performance and film to drawing and installation, from poetry and prose to editorial activities and translation.
Embracing trans-disciplinarity and collaboration as key aspects of his life and work, Wheeler has produced films together with Stefan Pente in which he appears before and behind the camera as animator, actor, and screenplay writer, as director and cameraman. In collaborative performances created together with Antonia Baehr, with whom he has worked since they met during their studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has been both performer/dancer and director/choreographer.
The alternation of work-roles and the exploration of varying media has produced a diverse body of work which centers, among other topics, on questions of participation with regard to cultural identity, gender, and personal history: What degree of self-interrogation does the gaze of the artist presuppose? Can the personal and the public be neatly binarized, and what lies in the in-between? How can an artist, in her work, promote processes of interlocution which attempt a realtion between, and equally rigorous questioning of, both the political and the aesthetic in art?
Wheeler is currently producing a series of artworks, exhibitions, and performances in collaboration with Stefan Pente under the title ‘Breezeways of Forgery.’
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