Antoine Williams

2015 Resident Artist
Venue: Tapps Art Center, Richland Library


Artist Statement:

My practice is an investigation of my cultural identity through the exploration of power as it relates to social stratification. My desire is to create a variety of pieces which create a mythology on which I question how low income communities of color and their relation with other social classes affect perception and behavior. My work is heavily influenced by sci-fi literature such as Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451. I believe science fiction relates greatly to the Black experience in America. Therefore, I have created a world of deities in a number of different mediums that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life.

These entities which are hybrids of animal illustrations and my hand drawn figures from contemporary Black culture and found materials, are in the vein of the Dadaist, who appropriated and recontexualized images from society in order to make “anti-art”. Namely Hans Arp who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The deities are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina, such as seeing childhood friends mutate into drug dealers then disappear into the streets. With a concern for both the public and the personal, I am creating a mythos for my hometown. A mythos in where these gods and goddesses are the personification of a psychology which is the result of one’s particular placement within the social order.

Antoine Willams

Antoine Williams is a Chapel Hill based mixed-media artist and designer born and raised in North Carolina. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2003. Since then he has exhibited work at universities and galleries around North Carolina. Antoine has art in The Mint Museum of Art, UNC Charlotte permanent collection, and in the homes of various collectors. He also volunteers as an art teacher with afterschool programs.