Capturing The "Commanding Heights"

 Reification of Power” is an apt title to ascribe to John Williams’ Commodities Series. Meaning the objectification of an abstract idea in to a concrete thing, reification of power is a delightfully evocative idea, especially when applied to the imagery present in Williams’ work. The stark white porcelain and gold plated silver are not idly chosen for these pieces either. The golden implements with little evident regard for hierarchical scale not only comment on mechanical and electrical power but also the sources of power in our culture and the materials that define it. The environmental critique is clear, concise, and poignant without being heavy handed and thus refreshing in its new approach to power generation, transmission, and retention. Indeed he has captured well the “Commanding Heights”