2007 – Albright College


Trace is a survey of work from the last five years. According to Winn, “While the final products of my investigations take a variety of forms, from drawing to installation to video and robotics, the work is held together by a consistency of action, often repetitive and physically uninspiring, that attempts to develop complex experience out of simple, somewhat absurd laws governing the development of specific pieces.”

Lance Winn’s work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions. He is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Fine Art and Visual Communications He is also the coordinator of the graduate program, teaching both academic and studio classes for graduate and undergraduate students.

Lace Winn in his studio

Three works by Grace Winn titled My Garden in When You Give Up on the Gardens, Wake, and Wave Flag 2007

Prints from the permanent collection, Recent works by Albright Faculty,Conversations with the New Director
September 27 – October 30, 2007

The exhibition has been developed by Michael Howell, the new director of the Freedman Gallery, as an introduction to his philosophy of the symbiotic relationship that a gallery can have with students, faculty and a community dedicated to the ongoing exploration of the arts and our contemporary society. The opening reception will afford the new director and the community an opportunity to interact in a casual and relaxed environment.

Old and New event poster

Saxe combines drawing and sculpture, working primarily in aluminum and found objects. He has been strongly influenced by Russian Constructivism; however, works such as his monumental fountain include pots and pans, making his work simultaneously formal and whimsical.

This exhibit of installations and discrete works functions like a series of vignettes. The smaller works are three-dimensional constructions combining materials and personal items. The installations expand to be all consuming in coming to terms with an artist and his world.

Nature Nurture preview of work by Henry Saxe

Preview of work by Henry Saxe

Preview of work by Henry Saxe

Williams’ work both powerfully and sensitively addresses a multitude of socio-political issues within the framework of the African-American Diaspora.  His installations and three-dimensional book constructions juxtapose personal items with found materials, expanding the biographical to an all-consuming search for self-awareness.

Williams says, “The content of my art explores the tangible events of my past as well as the current events that I experience presently. In a very simple manner my artwork acts as a form of re-constructive surgery. Often I explore elements of my past that were harmful to me as an African-American. When I was young I was restrained and incapable of correcting injustices inflicted upon me. Now that I am stronger and have the capacity to view the world differently, I often use my artwork to comment on a personal history.”  Wrestling with past and present, Williams’ poetically reveals that art is both his salvation and his demon.

Randy Williams is a professor of art in the Studio Art Department at Manhattanville College, director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and consultant and instructor for educational programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Williams has also received numerous awards and fellowships of distinction, which include the Kellogg Fellowship from The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The American Academy in Rome.  His work has been exhibited widely, in venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Jamaica Arts Center, the Franklin Furnace and PS1 in New York.

Event Poster for Randy Williams Installations and Ruminations

Preview of Race, Religion and the Laws of Gravity by Randy Williams