Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Antoine Williams

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Antoine Williams

Greensboro, NC

Antoine Williams's mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring power, fear, and the perception of cultural signifiers within society. Heavily influenced by science fiction and his rural working-class upbringing in Red Springs, NC, Antoine has created his own mythology about the complexities of contemporary Black life. 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, after-school art programs, underground hip-hop shows, and film festivals. His work has been exhibited at the Mint Museum of Art, CAM Raleigh, The McColl Center of Art + Innovation, Smack Mellon, and 21c Museum, as well as many other venues. He is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Williams is an assistant professor of art at Guilford College.

“Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the many Black experiences in America. In my artwork, I have created a mythos, populated with beings, that explores societal power through the fluidity of monstrosity. These beings live in the intangible spaces that exist within the contradictions of the human condition.”

  • For Freddie Gray, 2016, wheat-paste, wood, seat belt straps, plastic, on sheet-rock, 72 x 72 inches

  • Because They Believe in Unicorns, 2016, surplus WW II military tents, wood, thread, marker, collage and acrylic on sheet-rock, 120 x 48 x 120 inches

  • You Thirsty!, 2017, wheat-paste on wall in slowly gentrifying neighborhood in Charlotte, NC, 120 x 89 inches

  • (study) Portrait of a Super Predator Who is Dying For Student Loan Debt, 2018, acrylic and transfer in gel medium with NC red clay, 28 x 60 inches

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.