D'Angelo Lovell Williams, a graduate art photography student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Department of Transmedia, is having a solo exhibition of new work through Aug. 11 at Higher Pictures, 980 Madison Ave. (between 76th and 77th Sts.) in New York City. This is Williams' first exhibition with Higher Pictures and his first solo exhibition in New York City.
In his self-portraits, Williams creates painterly tableaux characterized by meticulous attention to texture, pattern, color and composition. The scenes are achingly intimate, pulsing with an energy and power generated by interweaving the sensuous and the political --the beauty of each picture complicated by a radical gesture. Williams' unblinking gaze through the lens is reflected back at the viewer as it lingers on the contours of his own body, amplifying the sensations of desire and longing that activate the space between portrait and viewer. His performances for the camera assert visibility and vulnerability, insisting on an alternative pictorial and societal narrative in which Blackness and queerness are dominant, authorial voices.
Williams earned a B.F.A. from Memphis College of Art in 2015. His recent solo presentations include an exhibition at Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse (2016), and Beauty Kings (2015), SALTQuarters Gallery, Syracuse. His work was also on view in "Gendered," the Mint Museum, Charlotte (2017), and "Queering Space," Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (2016).
For more information about the exhibition, contact Kim Bourus at 212-249-6100. Images from the exhibition can be viewed on the Higher Pictures website.