The old Gadsden Funeral Home on St. Philip Street is fast becoming a hub for the local underground/contemporary art scenes, and you can check out the space for yourself at some events scheduled for the coming weeks.
On Sat. Aug. 25, Tivoli is presenting a group gallery show featuring pieces from the Artificialists design troupe, plus a film screening and DVD release. There will also be live performances from La Soupe Dangereuse, Bones, Fiasco, and Soul Pollution. The event is from 7-11 p.m.
Then on Aug. 31, Gris Galerie is hosting a pop-up art show featuring graffiti and mural artists from across the Southeast. Ishmael and a few of his pals will be creating a mural at the space, and a tagged bus will be parked in the courtyard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
“Local and organic” is the name of the game in current Charleston trends, so it’s not surprising that the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has chosen a native Charlestonian whose art has a distinctly environmental message as the new Artist-in-Residence for 2012/2013. That artist is Kristy Bishop, a 2008 College of Charleston Studio Art graduate and professional fiber artist.
What exactly does a fiber artist do, you may ask? This strain of fine art utilizes textiles like yarn, cloth, or even quilts, among other natural, synthetic, or recycled fibers, to create a greater whole. In Bishop’s case and in some of her most recent work, she creates her own color palette by hand-dyeing silk, which she then incorporates with other cut, gathered, and sewn elements. From afar, her art looks like an abstract mosaic of detail. Yet a closer look reveals the subtle organic movements of color and lines that come together to represent the interplay of humans and the natural world. Because the tactile experience is key to Bishop’s art, touching the art is encouraged.
The Artist-in-Residence program plays a pivotal role in the department’s mission to enrich the community through outreach programs like art instruction. As the selected artist, Bishop will lend her art and experiences with residents within the North Charleston city limits through workshops in public schools, senior groups, group homes and other community centers. Art teachers, school liaisons, and community group representatives interested in requesting the free services of the Artist-in-Residence should contact the Department at (843) 740-5854. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residencies completed by the end of May, 2013.
From Aug. 17-28, Bishop’s most recent work, Pinned Down, is on view at Stems, located at 208 Coming Street downtown. In addition, the North Charleston City Gallery will display Bishop’s work through January 2013. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. The general public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception at the North Charleston gallery on Jan. 3.
For information on the Artist-in-Residence program and the department’s other programs and events, visit northcharleston.org. And, while a visit to her exhibit is a must, more information on the artist is available at kristybishop.com.
The Pour House is gearing up for its 10th anniversary celebration, and they’re hosting a mural competition to literally mark the occasion. Local artists are encouraged to submit proposals for their designs, which will cover the outside and inside walls of the venue as well as the deck fence. All they ask is that the theme fit in with the Pour House motto: Love. Live. Music. — and that it be finished between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2.
Pour House fans will vote on their favorite murals on Sept. 3, and prizes will be awarded to the top three creations, ranging from a $100 bar tab to $500 cash. Paint and some brushes will be provided. E-mail email@example.com for more info.
The dog days of summer aren’t slowing down Charleston’s visual arts community — there are almost 15 opening receptions scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Friday’s Art Walk includes receptions at various French Quarter galleries from 5-8 p.m. Here are a few of the highlights.
Robert Lange Studios hosts the opening reception of Fred Jamar’s exhibition Crisscrossing. The Belgian artist is most known for his oil paintings that depict Charleston cityscapes. Read our profile of Jamar here.
Black Mountain, N.C. native Brad Stroman is at the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery with his exhibition Earth Art. The exhibit uses the Japanese Zen worldview of wabi-sabi, an aesthetic defined by its acceptance of imperfection.
The Charleston Artist Gallery presents Cecelia Campbell’s Summertime, which pays homage to the natural beauty and unique lifestyle of the Lowcountry.
Hamlet Fine Art showcases Mike Rooney’s solo exhibit of plein air paintings. Rooney, who recently completed the paintings here in Charleston, is most influenced by his passion for the natural world. John Caggiano, Stuart Roper, and Roger Milinowski are the stars of Coco Vivo’s exhibit Beyond Main Street America, Everyday Moments at 25 Broad Street. Mary Martin Gallery presents Judy Fuller’s exhibition Shades of Summer. Known for its renderings of coastal landscapes in the tonalistic style of 19th- and 20th-century artists, the exhibit displays Fuller’s new body of work, so stop by 103 Broad Street from 6-8 p.m. for the opening reception.
Photographer Doug Van De Zande is at Martin Gallery. Van De Zande’s work captures the Charleston Lowcountry in unique, sepia-toned photographs.
Karen Weihs’ Inner Narratives is displayed at Ella Richardson Fine Art. With almost 30 new paintings, Weihs dabbles in both abstract paintings and reproductions of Carolina wetlands. Award-winning artist Leslie Pratt-Thomas will celebrate her opening reception at Carolina One Real Estate at 49 Broad Street. Her plein air artwork is on view through August.
Away from the French Quarter, Kathryn Dale Barton presents This is the Sun at East Bay Street’s Flagship.
And Zac Mallard presents new oil paintings at the Old Gadsden Funeral Home on Friday from 7-10 p.m.
Yesterday, the Halsey posted some great photos and a video from the dismantling ceremony for . Motoi Yamamoto's Saltworks: Return to the Sea. We love this photo of everyone dumping the salt back into the water.
Up next for the Halsey: The Paternal Suit by Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess. According to the Halsey, the exhibit asks questions like, Where does personal story end and national history begin? Wherein lies the truth of the stories our fathers tell us, and how does the dishonesty and falseness of familial history impact the moral underpinnings of a society? The exhibit opens Aug. 24.