From the Artist
This piece was designed to be a visual poem that explores ideas of duality, positive, negative, hot and cold, all the opposing forces that compose the universe. This piece explores these issues through the human mind.My work has evolved into a multiplicity of visions, directions, and intuitive gestures. The paintings, installations, and sculptures I create are a product of recalled images of cumulative life experiences. Various forms of music, as well as the rhythm of people and places assist in the creating and molding of the character of my work.
The image was imagined from a playing card. The figures represent two aspects of me. The road that separates the two sections of the art represents life and its levels of enlightenment, and opportunity. The symbol in the center is a medical symbol but here it represents healing and wholeness.
The spade makes reference to the Black experience—"SPADE".
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
I see my art and music as extensions of each other. I often use music as a model by incorporating its structure, rhythms, and dynamic elements into each piece; emerging into a new realm of experience.
Objects are also a very important part of the creation and aesthetic of my art. Found objects are a continuum of a narrative flowing through the work, becoming elements of a story intricately woven into a work of art, in order to create a new meaning and new context, in an attempt to display in the layers the images’ interrelationship of cosmic forces and every-day. This search for universality continues to drive and inform my work.
Aesthetics of the work involves many complex color combinations and rhythmic patterns inspired by geometric patterns found in nature. Rhythms and harmonies converge into a symphony of colors that work together to create a powerful visual experience.
It is my vision to create pieces that bring a since of intrigue, color, and excitement while addressing the physiological and historical concerns of everyday people.
—Adapted and excerpted from http://www.carljoewilliams.com/about/ , accessed 7-28-2021
New Orleans-based artist Carl Joe Williams studied at the Atlanta College of Art (absorbed by Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006), GA, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, LA.
He has exhibited his work nationally at in...