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Wilson Art Gallery at Le Moyne Hosts Exhibit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sketches by brothers Christopher and Richard Williams, titled “Art as Catharsis: Watch Out I Need to Purge,” will be on display in the Wilson Art Gallery of the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College. The exhibit opens on Friday, Nov. 19, and runs until Friday, Dec. 17. , and can be seen during regular library hours (Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon until 2 a.m.).

An opening reception will be held in the Wilson Art Gallery on Friday, Nov. 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The brothers share a conviction that art is a representation of ideas that reflect and comment on our social disorder. Creating images that are disturbing, allegorical and provocative, the artists challenge the viewer to see the world through their eyes.

Christopher J. Williams has exhibited his work throughout the United States. He is currently a member of Gallery 213 in Binghamton, N.Y. He received a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Christopher worked as an architect for 10 years before turning his attention to art.

Richard Williams is a professional illustrator and portrait artist. His illustration work has appeared in many national magazines, most notably Mad magazine, where he worked as the cover artist during the 1980s. He has had many clients, including IBM, NBC television, Time magazine, Parents magazine and the Library of Congress, to name just a few. His paintings are in the private collections of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Howard Stern. Richard holds a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University.

The artists’ statement is as follows:

This exhibit is a collection of works that portray the artists’ visual responses to societal input. Instead of a psychological “word association” it is a psychological “visual association.” All the works displayed are the impulsive (or repulsive) thoughts that come to mind on an issue, idea or phrase. From this the artwork is created. The final pieces, styles and/or methods are a reinforcement of this initial response.
Both artists have a shared conception and conviction that art is a representation of their personal moods and ideas that reflect and comment on our social disorder and folly. Like a “fun house” mirror that distorts and twists an image, they endeavor to trigger an emotional, gut level response from the onlooker rather than portray commonplace reality.

Deeply influenced by Bosh, Bruegal, El Geco, Goya , Hogarth, Daumier and the German Expressionists, they use political, spiritual and psychological themes as their “playground” and source of inspiration. Creating images that are disturbing, allegorical and provocative the artists challenge the viewer to see the world through their eyes.

In brief this work is “cathartic” for the artists, producing a feeling of being purified emotionally, spiritually and psychologically as a result of the intense emotional experience during the act of creation. It brings to the surface emotions, complexes and thoughts that haunt their psyches until unleashed on paper and canvas. The viewer is invited to engage the artist’s perceptions, factual and fictional, agreeable and otherwise, to explore an alternative world view. These works are a source of debate and controversy, a contrast of truth and mythology, a struggle between Id and Ego.
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posted on: 11/5/2010