As a multimedia artist expanding on traditions of radical performance art and public intervention, William Pope.L creates actions and works that address conflicting notions of individual and collective identities. He is best known for his solo performances that require extreme physical endurance and discomfort to, in his words, "perform social struggle."
About the Artist
William Pope.L has had recent solo exhibitions and performances at Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and The Project, New York; he was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and has also been featured at the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and The Drawing Center in New York. His performances include Eracism (2000) at Thread Waxing Space in New York, Eating the Wall Street Journal (2000) at the Sculpture Center in New York, and The Black Body and Sport (1999) in Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Madrid. His writing has been published in P-Form, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, and by Exit Art. Pope.L’s awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Arts Commission, a Franklin Furnace Award, and a Mid-Atlantic Residency.