George Williams, Beloit College Professor of Art, was selected as one of six artists to be featured in the Wisconsin Museum of Art’s exhibit “Here At Last! African American Artists Who Teach at Wisconsin Colleges, Universities and Schools.”
The show celebrates these artists, who have made a commitment to living in Wisconsin, mentoring future generations of artists, and who address personal and political issues in Wisconsin and the world at large.
Williams’ painting in the show, “Possess Your Possessions,” addresses a variety of social issues, from commodification to the ideal of male beauty. “The work exists as a change agent to negate oppression and nihilism, thus giving evidence to the power of the ‘human’ struggle,” Williams says.
“Here at Last!” opened on September 1 and runs through November 7. It will be celebrated in a “Sneak Peek Friday” tonight, an opening reception on September 12, and other events.
Find more information about the exhibition directions to the Wisconsin Museum of Art at its website, www.wisconsinart.org.
About George's work titled "Possess Your Possessions":
My work seeks to emancipate the iconography of the black body politics trapped within the walls of esoteric canons, ideological hierarchies, and patriarchal oppression. The witnessing audience is invited to exercise their self-knowledge, simultaneously the work challenges the audience to interrogate their preconditioned/predetermined conclusions, in hopes of opening up spaces for an evolution of critical and liberatory consciousness. Concurrently, the paintings seek to redress the societal constructs that determine the ways in which we arrive at commodification (eating the other), objectification (labeling each other), and identify the concept of male beauty. The work exists as a change agent to negate oppression and nihilism, thus giving evidence to the power of the “human” struggle.