NEW YORK, NY — Monica King Contemporary is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in NYC of new work by Charles Edward Williams, For Which It Stands. Charles Edward Williams’ installation of new oil on mylar works feature deftly representational forms layered amidst feathery, almost ghostly, abstraction.
Williams’ works define self–representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity, and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our sociopolitical environments. Through his visions, we are encouraged to engage in self-examination, to question false boundaries that separate us, and view the inner connectedness of our common existence.
Williams painted these works in the heavy months of 2020, as can be seen through the intermittent appearance of pandemic masks as well as American flags. The latter became a constant point of study for the artist, as he began examining an ongoing shift in the interpretation and meaning currently assigned to the American flag. A symbol originally intended to denote an idealized, if not yet realized, unity in America became increasingly coopted by a political movement whose tenants centered more around separation and alienation. Williams reveals, through these poetic works often tinged with the artists signature sunlit yellow, the uneasy and fluid power of material symbols to elicit both unity and division, comfort and fear, or pride and ignominy.
The gallery will host an open house on Saturday, November 14th from 11 AM – 7 PM.
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Monica King Contemporary was opened by gallerist Monica King in fall of 2019 at 39 Lispenard Street in Tribeca. The gallery program, headed by the 17-year art world veteran is dedicated to an unwavering vision of equally supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists in a manner that both builds and continues to nourish individual artist careers; encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity and joy; and celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls. Since opening last September, Monica King Contemporary has been featured in Artforum, Artnet, ARTnews, the Art Newspaper, the Observer, and Whitewall among others.
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