Detail of Family Value, 2012 Mixed media on found door Collection of the artist

Carl Joe Williams: Shades of Perception

December 10, 2013 – May 31, 2014

Gallery of African American Art

New Orleans artist Carl Joe Williams is driven by the search for universality.  The rhythmic patterns in his paintings are inspired by the geometric forms found in nature.  Williams describes his works as “symphonies of colors” that present a powerful visual experience.  His interpretations are enhanced by his vision of art and music as extensions of one another.  An accomplished musician as well as a visual artist, Williams incorporates his musical compositions into videos and installations.  Found objects play an important role in Williams’s works by becoming elements a narrative continuum that addresses societal and historical concerns.

Funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the
National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency

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