lo-cus: work by NOCCA alum Lorna Williams

unnamed (1)Who: Lorna Williams, a New Orleans native and NOCCA alumnus, has been hailed by the New York Times as an artist to watch and by the Wall Street Journal as an “artist of sincerity, intensity and fierce kindness.”

What: Williams will present a show of new work inspired by their life as a New Orleanian, with all of the challenges and beauty associated with the city. In an interview with Art in America, Williams said of their hometown and its impact, “I am New Orleans, I embody its culture and spirit. I look in the mirror, I dance, I make food. It comes out when I hear my voice, I hear home. I carry this with me always and it comes through everything I do.”

unnamed (2)Working with found objects that range from wasps nests to x-acto knife blades, Williams creates structures that showcase the power of human and natural forms, urging their audience to look closer, beyond the immediate form of their work to find the detail and strength that the combined elements create.

In addition to their large mixed media pieces, Williams will also be showcasing their one-of-a-kind pens, designed from found materials. These will be available for purchase at 5 Press Gallery throughout the duration of the show.

When: September 9 through November 26, 2017 with an opening reception on September 9 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and a Second Saturday Reception on October 14 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Where: 5 Press Gallery, 5 Press Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

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