Ben Cullen Williams
Ben Cullen Williams (b. 1988, London) work consists of installations, sculptures, photographs and films that aim to create an engagement with the phenomenological elements of the world around us — light, space, material and form. Furthermore, his work draws on a range of fabrication processes from physical to digital to understand our changing relationship to the world in an increasingly digitalised environment. It questions the relationship between the digital and physical and the new aesthetic that that interface is creating.
His work aims to be outside of a socio-economic context, from a time bound narrative, and allowed to operate at a more direct sensory level, out of specific time and place, that the narrative may be suggestive rather than didactic. Cullen Williams work operates on a range of scales from the hand-held to those of architectural proportions. His large scale installations aim to create affecting experiences for the viewer that alter their current psychological state. He does this through a careful manipulation of light, space and structure. His work has been exhibited at the Musée d’arts de Nantes, Bateman Street Gallery (London) and the Truman Brewery (London). As a great champion of interdisciplinary projects he has collaborated with and produced work for fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, choreographer Wayne McGregor and musician George FitzGerald. Cullen Williams studied at the University of Edinburgh and following this at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2018 Cullen Williams won a D&AD yellow pencil award for his stage design for Wayne McGregor’s ballet Autobiography.