The Fourth Party 

click to enlarge art27_artshort_candidate_100.jpg

In the interests of patriotism this week, in the interests of finding a leader who truly represents the people (assuming people are best represented by a crazy giant bug), artist James Williams presents "Sweet Smell of Power" at the Visual Art Studio. Williams' works are grotesques of human nature — an almost familiar face made monstrous and animalistic, yet strangely softened by his use of bright pastels. This series considers politics and the people vying for election. There's an elephant-faced "Judge of Others," (top) an insectile "Candidate #2" (bottom) and, riffing on Williams' recurring cat characters, a feline "Winning Candidate."

Are these stem-cell abominations any less fair and balanced than the political realm these days, a place where conservative commentator Ann Coulter can call presidential candidate John Edwards a "faggot," and he can use that taunt to spin campaign contributions? At least Williams' beasties don't hide their monstrosity. The artist will be on hand to talk about his work at the First Fridays reception July 6 at 6:30 p.m. 644-1368. S

  • Click here for more Arts & Culture


    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

  • Re: Eye Catching

    • Thanks for sharing this article. A beautiful pair of sunglasses that perfectly match your face…

    • on March 24, 2017
  • Re: Event Pick: The Church Hill Irish Festival

    • The Irish Festival is a 2-day event. Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 26

    • on March 23, 2017
  • Re: Event Pick: Meet-A-Bandmate for First Time’s The Charm RVA

    • Hey Scott, you can feel free to send me information about your background and music…

    • on March 23, 2017
  • More »
  • Latest in Arts and Culture

    More by Brandon Reynolds

    • Choose Your Own Venture

      Can Richmond become the next Austin? You decide.
      • Apr 12, 2011
    • Shooting Stars

      The Spiders and Rams make their way in San Antonio, and along a bustling River Walk, Richmond finds itself.
      • Mar 29, 2011
    • “Minds” in Motion

      Virginia's arts organizations discover the Internet for a statewide tribute to women in the arts.
      • Mar 17, 2010
    • More »

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation