The Art of Leadership
Fisher College of Business

 

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Polychromed wood, 9" x 51" x 5"
Undergraduate Program Reception 120

 

 

 
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LAVON VAN WILLIAMS JR.

LaVon Van Williams Jr. has been woodcarving since the age of 15. Stories of life in the urban Afro-American community are central subjects of his carving.

Williams provided art work for the 1994 film Deep Cover and created the logo of the National Black Libraries Association. His work has been at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead State University, and in the national touring show When the Spirit Moves: African American Art Inspired by Dance.

 

 

If you're trying to make a woman, you're not trying to do the most beautiful woman in the world. You're probably trying to express the soul or the inner part or the personality of a person, more so than trying to capture the exact image, like a photograph would do.

You want to try to be as expressive as possible, as explosive as possible. You're looking for a fantastic movement or a fantastic shape that comes in the piece, and that's the whole power to the piece. You want it to explode out when the viewer sees it or you want it to be calm, but yet you still want a powerful presence in the piece, so that it dominates or takes off.

 

 
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