Carl Joe Williams
(New Orleans, LA, 1970 – )
Multimedia artist Carl Joe Williams is a New Orleans native who creates large scale installations and narrative-driven work that speaks to our collective human condition. His upcycled assemblages, vibrant color combinations and rhythmic geometric patterns echo African diasporic memory as well as natural systems. Transportive visual experiences are crafted through Williams’ use of reflective, kinetic, sonic and textured elements. A founding member of Level Artist Collective in New Orleans, Williams has exhibited his work nationally, including the Crystal Bridges Museum, The Frist Art Museum, McKenna Museum of African American Art, Telfair Museum and Hammonds House Galleries, among other institutions. The recipient of a 2013 artist residency at the Joan Mitchell Center, he was also a cofounder of the Blights Out citywide project in 2014. Williams studied at the Atlanta College of Art after attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Art (NOCCA).