Charles Williams: SUN + LIGHT
SUN + LIGHT features a collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artist Charles Williams (American, b. 1984) from his series Everyone Loves the Sunshine. The paintings in this exhibition juxtapose Williams’ own personal encounters, past and present, with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Williams attempts to strike a balance between both the peaceful and violent protests of the movement and of varied expressions of power. He recounts stories told to him by his grandmother about this specific period in U.S. history and the belief she passed down that would guide his work: “Stay in the light, stay positive.” SUN + LIGHT is organized by the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida and is on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art October 11 – February 11.