Let’s Get In Formation by William Evans

Day 10 — Poster posted on February 9, 2024

William Evans

Pronouns: he/him

Located: Columbus, OH

Tell us about yourself:

As a Black Queer Male from the South, my studio practice reflects how I navigate the complexities of Black culture in America. By exploring themes of race, sexuality, power, and survival, I aim to create spaces for dialogue and encourage viewers to critically examine assumptions through subversive techniques.

My practice aims to spark curiosity, inspire conversation, and contribute to a more inclusive world. By addressing complex social issues, I invite viewers to participate in critical reflection. Through my work, I believe that the viewing space can be a potent tool for promoting social change toward a more equitable and just world.

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William Evans attended the University of Georgia and received an AB in Women’s Studies and a BFA in Art (Sculpture) with a Design+Media minor. He is currently an MFA candidate at The Ohio State University.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

The inspiration for my poster design is grounded in social activism and cultural influence. Taking cues from the iconic activist fist, a symbol of unity and resilience within the Black community, and a beehive (a tribute to Beyoncé’s call for collective empowerment in “Formation”), the design delivers a strong call to action. This combination of imagery seeks to celebrate the strength and collective spirit of the Black community, encouraging collaboration and striving for positive change.

Why do you love being creative?

Being creative a love/hate relationship–mostly love though! It can be an infuriating battle of the self (and material). I have learned so much about myself and others through the act of creating. There is no better feeling in the world than created an artwork you are proud of or gifting a loved one something specially created for them. It is in these moments that I feel joy and love the most.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

HIRE BLACK DESIGNERS! We out here and ready to get the job done!

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

Support your fellow Black creatives and make noise for ourselves! Sharing our stories and histories provides so much exposure and recognition for the upcoming creative generations. All in all, becoming the folks we needed most during our journey as creatives.

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