The exhibition WW vs. GRRRR was first realized in St. Gallen (Switzerland) and then went to s'Hertogenbosch (Holland) and Giza (Egypt). It combines the first retrospective of Willis's oeuvre with an extensive selection of work by the young Swiss artist Ingo Giezendanner.
Published for the exhibition WW vs. GRRRR
at Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil and Wife Museum in Cairo, 10th April – 5th May 2008, following North Lake Shore Drive
(Nieves, 2007), published for the exhibition in St Gallen.
Wesley Willis (Chicago, 1963 - 2003) is an atypical artist and musician made cult by the American punk-rock
scene (from Henry Rollins or Jello Biafra to Pear Jam or Smashing Pumpkins). He began his artistic career singing on the street, accompanied by his Technics KN2000 keyboard. He was soon playing opening slots for local bands, and later recording songs as an homage to these performances (i.e. "Urge Overkill", "Swervedriver", "Foo Fighters", "The Frogs"). In 1989, Willis was diagnosed as schizophrenic; he explains that writing, performing, and recording help quiet the voices in his head. After about fifty records, most of his exposure came as an internet phenomenon during the early days of peer-to-peer file sharing.
Edited by Urs Lehni.
published in 2008
19,5 x 25,5 cm (softcover)
20 pages (11 duotone ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-905714-47-0
EAN : 9783905714470