GEORGE WILLIAMS AND XAVIER LIGHTFOOT
February 1 - March 30, 2019
“Arrested Development” showcases challenging depictions of the treatment and value of the black male body in reference to undefined and urban spaces by oil painter and Beloit College Professor of Visual Arts, George Williams (Beloit, WI), and multi-disciplinary artist and Maryland Institute of College of Art student Xavier Lightfoot (Milwaukee, WI).
Williams' large-scale oil paintings separate the black male bodies from site-specific backgrounds with the hope of allowing the audience evaluate and question its (un)conscious devaluing of black people.
Lightfoot's 2-D mixed media and sculptural installations are visual narrations of an 18-year-old Black and Native male navigating social issues such as police brutality, mass incarceration, gun violence, sexual orientation, racism, and religion in Milwaukee, WI, the city he calls home, but doesn’t reciprocate the love he projects.