Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring / Summer 2020 Antoine Williams
Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence
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June 22 - July 31
Antoine Williams's interdisciplinary practice is an investigation of power and perception through the lens of critical race theory. Heavily influenced by science fiction 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, after-school art programs, underground rap shows, and film festivals. He has exhibited in a number of places, including at the Mint Museum of Art, Michigan State University, Columbia Museum of Art, Smack Mellon Brooklyn, 21c Museum, Elsewhere Museum, The McColl Center for Art and Innovation, as well as many other venues. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants (2017) and the Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists (2018). 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 that explores notions of power through the fluidity of monstrosity and critical race theory. I am interested in what lies in the intangible spaces that exist within the contradictions of the human condition.”
For Freddie Gray, 2016, heat-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
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