Peter Williams: With So Little To Be Sure Of

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah,

on display at the Cue Arts Foundation.

 Peter Williams,  Special K Standing , 2017.  Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches.

Peter Williams, Special K Standing, 2017.

Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches.

When you go see this exhibition, enter the room twice. The number of double takes I did when walking around for a second time is a clear indicator of how gripping these artworks are. Classically painted renditions of current issues, dark humor giving a choked laugh as pigs in all forms harass black bodies. It's a simultaneously humorous and haunting confrontation of the reality of systemic abuse faced by Black Americans, and a show that you definitely don't want to pass up seeing. Extended through Saturday, March 21st. Check it out! 

From the Cue Art Foundation website:

"Ossei-Mensah writes, “Commenting on the concepts of race, representation, white supremacy, oppressive social structures, humanity and grace, the works…proselytize their audience with narratives of social surrealism.”

In With So Little To Be Sure Of, Williams draws on four decades as a painter and storyteller to bear witness to systems of oppression in our society, both historical and current. With a vivid palette and comic-style rendering, the artist paints a frenetic narrative that is at once enticing and grotesque. Victimizers take the form of fanged and leering blue-eyed policemen-pigs who torture and abuse black bodies. Williams interweaves references to true incidences of violence with allegorical scenes in which black resistors taunt and tame their abusers.

At a moment he views as a precipice for social and political change, Williams hopes his work will serve as a call to action. “[W]e must do more than bear witness,” he writes, “We must respond.”"

"With So Little To Be Sure Of" is on display at Cue Art Foundation until Saturday, March 31st.

Follow them on Instagram: Peter Williams @peterwilliams7943, Cue Art Foundation @cueart, and Larry Ossei-Mensah @youngglobal