What Will Become of Us Who Want to Believe, but Cannot?
September 10 - October 22, 2016
Paul Loya Gallery is pleased to present What Will Become of Us Who Want to Believe,
but Cannot?, an exhibition of new works by Massachusetts-based artist William
Binnie. The exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show at the gallery as well as his
return to painting after a two-year hiatus from the medium.
The work in the exhibition deepens and distills the artist’s complicated relationship
with the American mythos—the imagery enshrouding a land with a complex and often
dark and troubling past and present, cloaked in a smokescreen of stoic heroism.
After two years of largely eschewing the medium, Binnie’s return to painting is distinctly
stripped down, raw, and restrained. The resulting body of work is one of striking
honesty and intimacy, laying bare the artist’s process and decision-making, allowing
space for connections between a range of imagery compiled by the artist over
The title of the exhibition refers to Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal, in
which a medieval knight returns to his native Sweden to find it ravaged by the Black
Death and, when Death comes for him, he challenges Death to a game of chess to
decide his fate. The film, as does Binnie’s latest corpus, straddles a quiet bleakness
and subtle humanism, rendering a fraught balance between hope and despair, doubt
William Binnie was born in Dallas, TX in 1985. He received his BA from Pitzer College
in 2008 and his MFA from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. His works have
been exhibited and curated into shows throughout the United States. The artist’s solo
debut in New York City is set for February 2017 at LMAK Gallery in the Lower East
Side. Binnie currently lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts.