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EYE FRUIT: The Art of Franklin Williams
May 13-August 27, 2017
May 2, 2017-- SANTA ROSA, CA - EYE FRUIT: The Art of Franklin Williams is the first major retrospective of Williams' work, featuring paintings from his student days in the 1960s to pieces done just last year, and is accompanied by a catalog. This exhibition was curated by guest curator Susan Landauer and organized by the Art Museum of Sonoma County.
Petaluma-based Franklin Williams has been identified with at least five movements over the course of his career: Funk Art, Nut Art, Visionary Art, Pattern & Decoration, and Gaudy Art. Mostly the first label-due to his participation in Peter Selz's landmark Funk Art exhibition in 1967-has stayed with him, a consequence of his extravagantly "funky" sculpture, innovative works that brought the "low art" sphere of crafts into the realm of "high art" with their use of hand-stitched yarn and thread.
Williams learned to sew as a child growing up in Ogden, Utah, surrounded by family members who were highly skilled in American handicrafts. The colorful geometry of their quilts, napkins, placemats, and even wallpaper, which he helped his mother stencil at the age of eight or nine, remained key sources of artistic inspiration. The other creative wellspring was his uncle George, a true folk artist without knowing it, who stimulated his boyhood imagination with storytelling and taught him that making art could be a natural and joyful extension of life.
In the 1970s, Williams began to scour the globe for patterns and motifs, incorporating an ever-expanding array of sources from applied and decorative arts, including Byzantine mosaics, Islamic calligraphy and tiles, Chinese brocades, Japanese lacquer-ware, and Spanish iron grillwork. Williams continues to draw from this "internal museum," all the while looking deep within his own psyche for the intensely autobiographical and universal themes in his art.
Opening Reception for Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
Friday, May 12, 6:00-8:00PM. General $15/Museum member Free
Artist Talk: Franklin Williams
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 PM. General $15/ Museum member $10/Student with valid ID $5.
Studio Tour With Artist Franklin Williams
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 PM. General $40/ Museum member $35.
Note: Franklin Williams' studio is located in Petaluma, California
Dazzler With a Brush: The Art of Franklin Williams
Talk by Susan Landauer
Saturday, July 8, 2:00 PM. General $15/ Museum member $10/Student with valid ID $5.
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