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October 4-November 4AMERICA NOW SUITE
AMERICA NOW SUITE
EXHIBITION OPENING | 12 OCTOBER 6-9P
GOS2018 KICKOFF PARTY | 19 OCTOBER 6-10P
ARTIST TALK | 4 NOVEMBER 4-7P
a landscape of new works by the artist
creative direction, curation & lighting design
GEORGE DEL BARRIO
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AMERICA NOW SUITE will be open to the public until 4 November 2018 at Gowanus Loft,
a project space dedicated to the conception and production of immersive
creative encounters by commission, collaboration & special arrangement.
AMERICA NOW SUITE is Mr. Williams’ 3rd solo exhibition at the Loft.
This suite of five works is composed of elements designed to retrieve American history and provide,
as Williams stated, “a re-mythologizing, a re-visioning of the American past, present, and future”.
The exhibition’s title pays homage to jazz drummer Max Roach’s groundbreaking 1960 recording
We Insist! – Freedom Now Suite, a work that embodied the urgency of the Civil Rights Movement.
The exhibition, like Roach’s creation, consists of five sections. There are three major paintings and two series: Awareness Day Portraits, Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom, The Spirit of Manifest Humility, Democratic Vistas—wordscapes, and A Panoramic Fantasia of American History Centered on the Untimely Death of Robert F. Kennedy.
The last is a gallery-spanning 11’ x 57’ mural in 7 panels,
which relates the American present to the past and demonstrates the artist’s relationship to history.
Williams asserts that he wants his art to create a felt connection to history
so it can “aid us in rising above our helpless, struggling selves”.
[ Opening reception 6—9p on 12 October 2018
|| Arts Gowanus Open Studios 2018 Kick-off Party 6—10p on 19 October 2018
|| curator-moderated artist talk 4—7p on 4 November 2018
|| open gallery hours Saturday 11a—6p