Under the Radar, but in plain sight. On view at the City Gallery is the annual Contemporary Charleston element of Piccolo Spoleto. For the sixth year running, the event has highlighted work of lesser known, up-and-coming contemporary artists of the Lowcountry. This year's exhibition had submissions from 170 artists, and a panel of judges selected eight winners. A selection of work from each artist is on view and ranges from large-scale sculptural installations to mixed media works, paintings, drawings, and textile art.
Not all artists are babies. While some of the artists chosen are fresh from college and other recent educational endeavors, others, like D.H. Cooper and Alan Jackson, are very well established in their careers. Jackson, an architect by day, creates pen and ink drawings comprised of fine lines, drawn by hand, that bring attention to his patience, steady hand, and aesthetic sentiment. Cooper creates archival textile artworks in the form of quilts that have great meaning and insight into the lives of those she explores.
Cool, calm, and collectible. The work on display in Under the Radar is for sale. You can support these artists and perhaps pick up a piece by someone whose career is about to take flight.