William Ransom discusses Keep Up/Hold Up, his sculptural installation on view at BMAC, which addresses the weight the artist experiences as a Black man in America and the tensions endured by Black bodies in the face of slights and violence.
Ransom grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont, where he had a physical, working relationship with tools and materials on a daily basis. Balance has always played an important role in his life and work: as the son of a biracial union, balance between black and white; as a farm kid living in the city, balance between rural and urban, city and soil; as a diabetic, balance between a sweet tooth and insulin injections. Ransom’s work often reflects this sense of balance, suggesting flux, movement, things in a state of becoming or diminishing.
Ransom studied sculpture and architecture at Bennington College and received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. He has shown extensively across the country in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles and elsewhere. After a decade in Los Angeles, he has returned with his family to the hills of Vermont, where he now lives and works.