DC Glassworks Presents Acquaetta Williams “De-Evolution: Time and Memory”

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Acquaetta Williams. In Black Face They Rode Iron Horses. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Opening Reception: Saturday October 22nd 3:30pm to 8pm


Artist Statement:

“Let’s rethink time in terms of our experience and attempt to rethink in terms of our own self.

Embedded in the internal workings of the Timekeepers are secondhand objects, the half-beats of time – “travelings.” Travelings are embedded spirits encountered in one’s journey through life. These small precious artifacts prevent the wearing away of memories as they zigzag through our lives measuring time. They are what we measure and so closely treasure: lost objects recovered and documented.

Memories are divided into what we remember and what we want to remember. We seek connection with the shuffling accuracy of the events. We reflect on our past to form an identity. By deconstructing (my interpretation of a de-evolution), the totems open a doorway to images that create emotional agitation and excitement – a personal and political sense of relevance. It allows us to skate past the corner of what is real and what is imagined or even lost.

Let yourself recapture the fragmented bits of time exposing them for what they are: a resting place where we once passed through.

Let them chase after us recording our deconstructed yesterday. As each wheel of the roller skate evolves, the here and now will be explained. Time is relentlessly measuring us. As one face looks behind, the other face is posed, ready to record our tomorrow.”

The exhibition runs October 22 through  December 3, 2011.

About Acquaetta Williams

Williams is a glassblower/sculptor who has seen her work evolve from her vision of women and African Images through glass and now wood and metal into her latest series of Timekeepers and Deconstructing Time: Memories. Internationally and nationally educated, Ms. Williams has studied under Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin and Dale Chihuly in master classes at Pilchuk in Seattle, Washington. She received an Arts International Travel Grant that included travels through Benin in West Africa to study subjects for her work and collect materials for use in her art.

National shows have included Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African-American Craft Art that included stops across the U.S. in San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta and the American Craft Museum in New York as well as the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington. From this show, Ms. Williams had a piece acquired by the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts & Design) that was exhibited as part of the 40-year Retrospective of the Museum. In 1993, First Lady Hillary Clinton added a commissioned Christmas tree ornament “She Is Safeguarding the Peace” to the permanent collection of the White House. The artist is proud of her inclusion in A Woman’s View: Equality, Development and Peace in 1995 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Acquaetta Williams has lectured across the U.S. and was the artist-in-residence at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in 1993. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and was a founding member of Glass Axis in Columbus, Ohio. She was also an Associate Member of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibaden in Nigeria.

Ms. Williams embeds her own spirit in her works by incorporating in her work what she calls travelings. Travelings are special objects that she has: encountered, collected, acquired. Sometimes they come from people she has met and these objects connect her with the time, spirit and place.

DC Glassworks

DC GlassWorks is located at 5346 46th Avenue  Hyattsville  MD  20781.  Contact the gallery by phone at  301 927 8271 or visit them online at www.dcglassworks.com





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