Monday, May 1, 2017

Bill Wurtz’s work is characterized by a chaotic, seemingly nonsensical style, through which he communicates as no one else could the essence of human experience. His work is relational because it allows people to understand and share their experiences with others who may feel similarly but have no way of expressing it. Through this work, Wurtz provides a conduit through which people can make meaning out of the chaos of life and communicate their internal state and experiences of the world with others who share the same viewpoint. Two people may not be able to explain their experience of a certain situation of emotion to one another verbally, but they can connect their experiences together when they both engage with a work that both symbolically and viscerally represents what they feel and think. Wurtz is able to put the experience of being human into a medium that speaks to the unifying feelings of confusion and chaos that we all experience throughout our lives, allowing us to relate both to him and to each other.


  1. It's really interesting to consider how someone who apparently doesn't interact directly with their audience can make relational art, particularly when this person also struggles with social anxiety and doesn't appear often in person. In the digital age, it seems that art can be very relational, and relatable, without sort of "real-life" or "in-person" presence.

  2. I think the fact that this guy is so unconventional in terms of the art world makes him so relatable - YouTube is such a great platform for connecting with 'everybody', or the non-gallery goers, which, let's face it, is only a small portion of the population. Not that gallery goers don't go on YouTube, but I think it's just an effective way of reaching out to the everyday American. I do agree with the points you made in your presentation - life's chaotic and random and strange, and his work very much reflects all of those things.