Archive for the ‘Visiting Artists’ Category
Read Brian Clarey’s recent article in YES! Weekly about visiting speaker Jack Becker who spoke last week at both the Community Foundation and at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Becker is the director of Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review magazine.
Participants in Mona Wu’s woodblock printmaking workshop had the opportunity to try their hand at two types of prints: a simple black and white print and a three color reduction print. Inspiration for the workshop came from Weatherspoon’s exhibition: Encore: Japanese Actor Prints from the Permanent Collection.
To kick things off, we learned about traditional Japanese carving and printing techniques and were fortunate to have Dr. David Phillips from Wake Forest University, who would lecture about the prints on Thursday evening, join us in the workshop. Weatherspoon registrars, Heather Moore and Myra Scott, also brought an actual Japanese woodblock from vault to gallery for everyone to view.
Getting down to work, participants used modern techniques and tools, including the presses in the Gatewood print studio, to make their images come to life over the course of two full and inspiring days.
Visit our museum Event Photo page for images from the workshop.
Shapeshifter: Judy Pfaff at Weatherspoon Art Museum, by Phillip Larrimore, Charlotte Viewpoint
A brief history of the transformation of space in the 20th century would nevertheless involve demographics, distances, the means of exchange of information and goods, precipitous shifts in scale at both ends of the micro- and macroscopic, et cetera. It would include how many different ways space exploded – the prismatic explosion of cubism, the splattered calligraphic explosion of abstract expressionism, the meticulously sequenced explosions which are so often a centerpiece of Japanese animated cartoons. More
Judy Pfaff, River Road (South), 2009/2011, steel, wood, fluorescent and neon lights, honeycomb cardboard, paint, expanded foam, shellac, sunflowers, tree fungus, paper lanterns and rubber tubing, dimensions variable; approx. 164 x 483 x 270 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Judy Pfaff: Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, January 13-April 17, 2011.
Last Tuesday night (January 4), Judy Pfaff and her assistant Rob van Erve arrived from New York with a 26 ft. truck full of artwork. Wednesday morning, they and Weatherspoon staff got busy unloading the truck, which was chock-a-block with countless small and large pieces of metal, tree limbs, paper lanterns and other equipment and unidentifiable materials to be used in Judy Pfaff’s installation. Over the course of the past two days, these parts have been gradually evolving into a marvelous installation in the Weatherspoon’s Falk Gallery. Here are pics of what the space looked like as they started unloading the truck, and what it looked like this morning. In the coming days, the work will continue to progress and transform into a beautiful exhibition that opens next Thursday.
Top Five Things to do in Charleston, SC (a suggested itinerary)
1. Visit Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen at the Gibbes Museum of Art!
I drove down along country roads from Greensboro last Thursday night (Sept 2) for what turned out to be a very well attended opening at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The show was co-curated by me and Gibbes curator Pam Wall and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be able to introduce Stacy’s profoundly beautiful work to South Carolina audiences. Some of you may remember seeing Stacy’s work at the Weatherspoon in Art on Paper 2008. For this show, the artist expanded her branding and singeing techniques to further explore personal identity based on real and imagined cultural histories.
2. Charleston is an ideal site for Stacy’s work and the connections she makes to the history of the slave trade in the United States. These can be further examined just three blocks from the Gibbes at 6 Chalmers St., the site of the Old Slave Mart.
3. Later on, I can recommend a visit to FIG restaurant for dinner. For you foodies out there, if you haven’t been before you should know that it is quite a treat to enjoy the food in Charleston, and FIG is one of the most delicious places in town.
4. The next morning, check out David Stern’s recent show at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston. The Halsey’s recently renovated exhibition space is wonderful and Stern’s thick, luscious paintings will give you an appetite for your next top thing, which for me was….
5. Hominy Grill – the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful, savory lowcountry brunch on the patio.
If you can’t make it to Charleston this fall to see Stacy’s show, not to worry, we’ll present it here at the Weatherspoon from January 22 – April 17, 2011.
- Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions