Whether rendered in graphite or oils, the shadowed subjects of Allen Williams thrill in both what’s being shown and what’s being obscured. In a new show at Copro Gallery, titled “Covenant,” a massive amount of work from Williams is displayed. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
The artist offers insight on the collection of pieces with a written piece: “The Blood of the Covenant is thicker than the water of the womb,” he writes. “It is an Agreement to give voice to these images that I see as metaphors. Images that are an expression or desire to create Guardians, to stand against the inhumanity I see in our world today. It doesn’t matter that they don’t exist physically but only in graphite and paint. …and now, because you have seen them, they exist in you The Covenant We, the Covenant, have come. the Blood of the seal has been fixed upon the writ, the warrant issued, and the Covenant is entered. We have come in the service of souls to be executed in the aid of humankind. You, who have broken your hearts and souls against a callous world that does not tend to broken hearts and souls. We attend you … and in your service we are set against the men seated upon high places but who are governed by low ideals. We attend you.”
The show runs through Sept. 1 at the gallery. See more works from “Covenant” below.