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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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