Noah Williams Solo Exhibit – Ancestral Callings
Noah Williams Solo Exhibit, “Ancestral Callings”
Mixed media artist Noah Williams celebrates the power and energy of African mask-making traditions in his solo exhibit, “Ancestral Callings,” on view at The Art League gallery September 10—October 4, 2020.
“I’ve always had a love for masks. They connect me with my ancestors. I feel them communicating with me through these masks,” Williams said. The faces of his sculptures are exceptionally expressive, ranging from fierce to sly, from warriors to tricksters, sharp in teeth or sharp in wit.
Williams’ masks are created with found materials, both organic and man-made. The artist remarked that working with items that “used to contain life,” such as cowry shells, leather, fur, animal bone, and feathers, has spiritual significance, and imbues the masks with sacred vitality.
Williams described himself as being “obsessed with the smallest of details,” which is demonstrated in the captivating collection of objects that adorn his sculptures: keys, bullet casings, wire, nails, aluminum cans, and fabric overlap like gleaming scales, urging the eye to linger. “I want people to feel their energy, like it’s something they’ve never seen before. Something new.”
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Ghede by Noah Williams
Gou by Noah Williams
Ngombe by Noah Williams
Kokou by Noah Williams
Unlocked by Noah Williams
Illusions by Noah Williams
Ndogo by Noah Williams
Papa Legba by Noah Williams
Nkondi by Noah Williams (SOLD!)
Rada by Noah Williams
Olokun by Noah Williams
Ajoyo by Noah Williams (SOLD!)
Eshu by Noah Williams
Awonije Eye Noah Williams
Mjanja by Noah Williams
Sogbo by Noah Williams
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