‘Objects in Perspective’ Now on View

“Objects in Perspective: Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams” is now on view in Pease Gallery.

September 15 – November 6
Reception October 2, 5-7 pm
Hochhalter Lecture – Thursday, October 9, 3:00 p.m. in Pease Auditorium
Abrams Lecture – Wednesday, October 22, 3:00 p.m. in Pease Auditorium


The sense of history and landscape is almost palpable where Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams grew up, in the areas surrounding Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dusty red mesas and lined strata broken by pine forest and electric red scrub oak where one periodically finds fields of scorched and carbonized earth. Kitsch curio shops filled with rusty antiques and photo studios where people dress in period clothing to pose before a bellows camera where you too can look like the sheriff, a proper lady, or a not- so-proper lady.

This collaboration explores the transformation of form into space by the manipulation of perspective and scale through the photographic lens. As these elements shift in relation to each other our sense of scale is lost and the photographs cease to present merely form, but coalesce into ambiguous “scapes” that exude a sense of place, landscape and history. During the nineteenth century, wet plate collodion—one of the earliest photographic techniques—was used to document the exploration of the new frontiers in the American west; exotic, surreal landscapes emerged that challenged and expanded our experience of space and land. In this joint project, Hochhalter uses the wet plate collodion photo process to photograph Abrams’ sculptural works, at times drawing out the very grains of ochre pigment suspended in a wax based medium.The imperfections of voids and brush lines add to the sense of time. The monolithic presentation of these images enhance the connotations of ambiguous landscape that not only reference the cliff faces, monuments, mountains and river beds of the west, but also the bluffs and valley floors of the unexplored ocean floor.

Aspen Hochhalter attempts to see beyond the surface of an object, distorting the original and definitive reference. The use of antique photo processes, adding to the imperfections or details, further manipulates perspective and scale as seen through her photographic lens.

Natalie Abrams’ work examines suspended moments in time; the physical and textural experience of those moments, the delicate beauty of our surroundings and the difficulty of preserving the present. An environmentalist, Abrams has created a unique method of manipulating wax medium and other natural materials to create her highly sculptural works referencing natural habitats and landscape.

This exhibition will display a series of large scale (44” x 90”) images taken by Hochhalter as well as original sculptural works by Abrams. The photographs will be wall hung alongside their original glass negative plates, whereas the sculptural works will take the form of freestanding long, thin slices of landscapes installed flat on low height plinths, where the viewer is looking down on the object as one would upon an architectural model. The juxtaposition of the placement, as well as of the intricate, at times vibrant wax sculptures in front of the large scale, monochromatic photographs, while referencing each other will also create a dynamic contrast.

Seth Rouser Installed


Mission Statement

The CPCC Art Galleries are pleased to announce our new mission statement. We look forward to using it as a tool to guide our programming and educational efforts in the future.


CPCC Galleries are committed to inspiring, educating, and engaging students, faculty, and community members through access to exceptional visual art in all media. The Galleries constantly support the teaching mission of the college by serving as a lab for the visual arts curricula and enhancing a variety of other subjects. Additional educational programming celebrates artistic achievement and cross-discipline collaboration. 



Heather Freeman Reception

Thanks for joining us at Heather Freeman’s closing reception, which followed her lecture last Thursday (8/28). We are sad to see this show go!

Stop-Action with Heather Freeman

Last week, CPCC Art Galleries partnered with Center City Partners to bring Heather Freeman to the Pocket Park at 6th & Tryon in Uptown Charlotte for some lunchtime fun. Heather brought a huge bucket of legos, set up a camera, and encouraged passerby to come move them one at a time, capturing every change with her lens. The result is a great example of what happens when technology and imagination meet.

Click here to watch the full video.

Heather Freeman’s exhibition ‘Denisovan’ is on view through Thursday 9/4.

Abrams & Hochhalter coming to Pease Gallery

Natalie Abrams

We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte artists Natalie Abrams and Aspen Hochhalter to Pease Gallery for their upcoming exhibition, “Objects in Perspective: Collaboration by Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams, which will be on view Sept. 15 – Nov. 6 in Pease Gallery.

Aspen Hochhalter, a photographer, and Natalie Abrams, a sculptor, met while in residence together at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and quickly formed a lasting partnership. They will debut new work in this exhibition: Abrams’ looped and folded latex paint sculptures will sit on pedestals while Hochhalter’s large format (96” x 44”) photographs of the work will line the gallery walls next to original glass plate ambrotypes.

Please join us for any of these upcoming events:

Opening Reception: October 2, 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Gallery
Hochhalter Lecture: Thursday, Oct. 9; 3 p.m. in Pease Auditorium
Hochhalter Lith Printing Workshop: Monday, Oct. 6; 2 p.m. in AU 022 on Central Campus

Abrams Lecture: Wednesday, Oct. 22; 3 p.m. in Pease Auditorium

Aspen Hochhalter

Queen City Soup in Pease Auditorium

On Sunday, September 28 at 4 p.m., Central Piedmont Community College will host the 8th Queen City Soup in Pease Auditorium.

“Queen City Soup” is a regional micro-grant program for emerging and established artists and community activists in the Charlotte metropolitan area. This quarterly event seeks proposals from local artists for projects in the range of $1500-$2500. The projects must have some tangible benefit to community, and projects that have a broad public impact are encouraged. Project Art Aid organizes the events, which include food and drinks, an opportunity to meet the artists, and a program where the artists pitch their projects to the attendees.

Queen City Soup website

Details about the event:

  • Tickets are $10 when paid in advance, $15 at the door
  • Dress is casual – parking free
  • We will serve appetizers, desserts and soft drinks
  • Beer and wine are available at a cash bar

Click here to buy your ticket

Seth Rouser Now on View

‘Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean’ is on view in Ross Gallery through October 9.

Reception: Thursday September 4, 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, September 18, 2 p.m. in Tate Hall

Artist Statement:
My research in painting has led me to explore different modes of image making over the
past twelve years. My earlier works have a collage-like aesthetic, collocating various
realistically painted forms in an abstract space. Along side these paintings I have pursued
purely abstract images in the media of monotype, collagraph, mixed-media and polymer
lift (paintings on glass that are later pealed off and adhered to canvas). Both of these
bodies of work have influenced my more recent work, paintings of cloudscapes.

I am intrigued by the inherent ability of clouds to represent constant change, while
simultaneously evoking a sense of timelessness. A cloud accumulates, dissipates, and is
moved by unseen forces, much like a human life. In viewing clouds, one can read them
as tranquil or tumultuous, depending on their qualities. I find this constant flux of the sky
parallel to the human experience. The mind and the body are always changing and yet
there is a sense of a continuous self, or being. This is a curious state, we believe
ourselves to be distinct unified individuals, despite our being multifaceted compositions,
both physically and psychologically. I use the cloudscapes as a metaphor to explore this
state of being we call self. As one can see in the images, this work does not rely solely
on the subject of clouds to carry this metaphor; gestural mark making and emotive color,
my subjective moment as the artist, are also embedded. This combination of elements is
the visual vocabulary that I use to explore this mystery of what it is, to be.

‘Denisovan’ in the Observer

Last Friday in the Charlotte Observer (8/15), writer Barbara Schreiber highlighted ‘Denisovan’, now on view in Pease Gallery, in her monthly gallery roundup:


In 2010, researchers discovered bone fragments in Siberia’s Denisova Cave; these fragments were identified as the remains of a young girl of a previously unknown Homo sapiens subspecies.

Heather Freeman, a UNC Charlotte art professor, used this discovery as the jumping-off point for her interactive book “Denisovan.” You can (and should) download the app at denisovan.blogspot.com, but at Pease Gallery you can view the project in the form of large-scale digital prints.

These prints underscore that “Denisovan” is not dependent on technology – it is, at its core, a story. Whether experienced as an app, a physical book or an exhibition, “Denisovan” is quiet and intense. Filled with contradictory emotions, it includes observations on maternal exhaustion, cruelty and love.

“Denisovan” is a complex journey through the idea of what it means to be human. It is deeply researched and deeply felt. Freeman has the confidence not to let her research override her project’s emotional power.

Central Piedmont Community College; blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries; 704-330-6211; through Sept 4.

Read the full piece here.

Please join us for a lecture by the artist on August 28 in Pease Auditorium at 4 p.m.!