Diane Williams | Cerritos College Gallery
A solo show exhibition as part of the Window Dressing Series at Cerritos College Gallery
11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, California 90650
Opening Reception: February 12, 2018, 4pm - 6pm
On view through February 16, 2018
Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from the political and social landscape that surrounds her—specifically the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She uses art as a call to arms, creating works that explore issues about immigrants and gender to encourage cultural and social understanding.
Williams’ installation, “Beautiful Creatures”, will mimic the stereotypical presentation of commercial storefront displays, but with a surreal twist. The featured objects on display will be pulled from her “Monsters & Aliens” series, which involved the creation of abstract masks, monstrous (self) portraits, made out of shredded paintings and other discarded materials. The masks will be placed on mannequins and custom-made stands, combined with shredded acrylic paintings scattered on the floor and cut-up gel rolls hanging from the ceiling. These materials are semi-translucent, diffusing light in a pleasant aesthetic amalgamation, and obscuring the masked female object, subverting the way we are conditioned to see the unfamiliar as only-ever the frightening ‘Other’ - the outsider, the monster, the alien – replaced instead by fascinating, beautiful creatures.
About Diane Williams
Williams earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows and several group exhibitions including With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City, Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica (2017), My America, a community activation at Museum of Art and History, MOAH in 2017, Countenance Divine, at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, with works in both private and public collections including the National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles and Washington DC (2016) and Azusa Pacific University (2017). She’s currently working on a solo show in March of 2018 at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Ca.
About Cerritos College
The mission of the Cerritos College Art Gallery is to serve as an educational, social and culture enhancement for the Cerritos academic population as well as the immediate surrounding communities.
The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances.