"The Critique," 2015. Acrylic and graphite on paper mounted on aluminum, 45 x 55 inches
"Critical Appraisal," 2015. Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper mounted on aluminum, 45 x 55 inches
William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform, and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including After the Contemporary at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Overculture at Postmaster Gallery, Bill by Bill at Charlie James Gallery, and #class at Winkleman Gallery.