Drawing by Anna Craycroft with doodles by Will Rawls. Courtesy the artists
As part of Anna Craycroft’s exhibition and residency “Motion into Being,” presented during the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Spring 2018 R&D Season: ANIMATION, artist Will Rawls will respond to Craycroft’s anthropomorphic animation project with three episodes exploring her objects as props and bodies, while investigating his own limited potential to fake animation. Interacting with the objects and media in Craycroft’s exhibition, Rawls will scrutinize surface, storytelling, space, and texture to choreograph this series of unfortunate “persons.”
Will Rawls is a choreographer, writer, and performer. His practice engages relationships between language, image, architecture, sound, and dance to formulate non-disciplinary questions regarding humanity and social inscription. He frames the dancer within the racialized codes of art space, where systems of technique and power collide and can be critically unraveled by the personal. Rawls has shown work at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2017), ImPulsTanz (2016), MoMA P.S.1 (2016), Danspace Project (2016, 2015, 2012), Performa 15 (2015), and the Chocolate Factory (2013). His writing has been published by Artforum, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, and Danspace Project. He is recipient of a 2017–18 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, the Casinos Austria 2016 Prix Jardin d’Europe, and a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant.