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Stephen Willats's (UK) practice is procedural, social, and conceptual. Since the 1960s, he has made work dependent on the viewer in a role that is beyond passive observer, one that is contingent on engagement to complete. Even his works on paper can be read as interventions, into daily life, yes (diagrams, instructions, theoretical commentary), but further as a re-imagining of the dynamic of how art is consumed and experienced. He has integrated the languages of an unexpected array of alternate disciplines, from cybernetics to number theory, into a codified language of signals - images and signs - that are the slow building blocks to his personal sense of architecture.
Stephen Willats: Art Society Feedback. Eds. Anja Casser, Philipp Ziegler. With Ute Meta Bauer, Brigitte Franzen, Andrew Wilson, Tom Holert, Emily Pethick. The fullest document of the artist's work to date, from the beginning to now. Includes unpublished writings and work from Mr. Willats' own archive. 8.25" x 10.75", 558 pages. $96.