Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Antoine Williams
Antoine Williams' mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring the perception of signs within society. Heavily influenced by science fiction, hip-hop, and his rural, working-class upbringing in Red Springs, North Carolina, Antoine has created his own mythology about the complexities of contemporary Black life. An artist-educator, Antoine received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. He helped start the God City Art Collective in Charlotte, where he participated in a number of socially-engaged, community-based art projects, such as pop-up art shows, afterschool art programs, underground rap shows, and film festivals. He has exhibited his work widely, including at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; 21c Museum, Durham; among many other venues throughout the Southeast. Williams is an assistant professor of art at Guilford College.
“Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the many experiences of Black life in American. I have created a mythos populated with beings that are born out of the fragility of what Ta-Nehisi Coates refers to as the ‘dream.’”
For Freddie Gray, 2016, wheat-paste, wood, seat belts, and plastic, 72 x 72 inches
Because They Believe in Unicorns, 2016, WW II tents, wood, thread, marker & acrylic, 120 x 48 x 120 inches
The Ain't Gots, 2016, wheat-paste, wood, seat belts, plastic, shorts, 24 x 16 feet
Baby Boy's Precession (detail), 2017, wheat-paste, wood, nails, acrylic, & seat belts, 24 x 12 feet
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.