Paul Loya Gallery

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

many years.


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

and belief.


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.