Hague Williams
Hague Williams
Hague Williams is an artist and arts educator. Recently relocating to Landrum, South Carolina from Chicago where he received his MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught for ten years as an Adjunct and Assistant Director for the Prague Studio Program. Before moving to Chicago in 2001, Williams received locally with distinction a BA in Art and a BA in Multimedia Arts from UNC–Asheville. He has exhibited in Chicago, Los Angeles, Czech Republic, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, Netherlands and performed at Carnegie Hall, New York. Collections: UNC-A; Jim & Purcell Palmer. Awards: Graduate Fellowship, SAIC; Undergraduate Research Scholar, UNCA.

Transformation and the catalysts that precipitate change over time are primary sources of motivation for my work. The mechanisms of visual persuasion, such as flags, logos, and emblems: referencing anthems, ritual, and other social-bonding experiences, become the organizing principles for my work. As a printmaker and artist, I am predictably interested in such methods of change: Process is an integral part of my work. I am in search of the next translation, the next transformation as it is seen through the eyes of history, by the ones that make and experience or suffer that history.

With a background in media and design, I weave complex and multi-layered compositions that address formal concerns while at the same time I infuse meaning by using contemporary symbols of power, branding, advertising and signifiers that blur the distinction between governments, religion, and corporations. These source images are re-contextualized into motifs, patterns, and insignia that overlap and interact to present the viewer with something that is chaotic, layered, and intricate yet at the same time familiar, ultra smooth, and embellished.


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