antoine williams

Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways. – Amiri Baraka

My art practice is an investigation of power, perception, semiotics, and fear as they relate to institutional inequities. I have created a mythology, concerning the complexities of contemporary Black life. My artwork is influenced by sci-fi literature from such authors as Octavia Butler, and H.P. Lovecraft. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the many Black experiences in America. Therefore, 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”. With that I create mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collages.

These entities reference the west coast Black arts assemblage movement of the 1960s and 70s, arte porvera, as well as the Dadaist, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society as a subversive act. In the vein of Felix Gonzales-Torres, I have a concern for making the personal, public. Therefore, these beings are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working-class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns of race, class, and, masculinity. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist within the contradictions of the human condition.