‘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
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.
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.!
Heather D. Freeman will lecture on her exhibiting body of work, ‘Denisovan’, as well as past projects, on August 28. Her lecture will take place in Pease Auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the Pease Gallery (adjacent), from 5-7 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean
August 18- October 9
Reception Thursday September 4, 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, September 18, 2 p.m. in Tate Hall
Seth Rouser will present a series of original paintings depicting cloudscapes overlaid with gestural marks and emotive color. These paintings are a manifestation of the artist’s thoughts on time, change, and the human experience. Rouser uses his clouds to symbolize and confront existential issues and the significance of being.
8 1/2″ x 11″ prints of each work are available for purchase ($10). Proceeds benefit Art Gallery educational programming.
Kyle Worthy and his solo exhibition “Anyone’s Ghost” (on view in Ross Gallery II through 8/7) were recently featured in Charlotte Viewpoint. The beautifully written article details his process, intent, and themes and gives great insight into the work. Kyle was also filmed for a video interview here in the gallery, in which he speaks openly about his work. Links to the article and video:
Click here to read the article
Click here to watch the video interview
It’s always a thrill to open a new show! Denisovan by Heather D. Freeman, Associate Professor of Art at UNC Charlotte, is now on view in Pease Gallery.
The exhibition is a show of prints and text from Denisovan, her interactive artist’s book and smartphone app.
The story is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago, whose bone fragments were found in a Siberian cave. This exhibition will explore the artist’s interpretation of the child’s relationships and day-to-day existence, explained through the text and images of her original digital book.
To download the mobile app, please visit denisovan.blogspot.com.
In addition to these beautiful large prints, smaller (8.5″ x 11″) prints and printed books will be available for purchase ($10-$15). Proceeds benefit the Art Gallery’s student initiatives and programming.
Please join us for an artist lecture, followed by a closing reception, on August 28 beginning at 4 p.m. in Pease Auditorium.
Kyle Worthy’s solo exhibition in Ross Gallery II will be on view through August 7.
This abstract body of photographic work explores landscapes of my past. While specific to my personal history, I have removed any location specific context for the viewer, thereby encouraging them to draw from their own experiences when identifying with the images.
The work is created with intentional camera movements and digital manipulations. A selection of this original work is mounted and then undergoes an extensive finishing process that has been developed through experimentation. The technique involves hand applying cold wax medium, texturizing and buffering. The end result is a photographic work that is unique and unable to replicated as a print.
‘Past Perfect’ will be on view through performances of Over the River and Through the Woods this weekend in Pease Auditorium. This musical is one of many produced through CPCC’s Summer Theater program. The show will close on Monday and we’ll have a new exhibition, ‘Denisovan: Heather D. Freeman,’ up by Tuesday night’s performance.
We have loved hosting Past Perfect and can’t believe it’s already time to say goodbye. These paintings will be shipped back to their home in San Francisco next week. Thanks to all of you who came to see the show!
We have loved hosting the site specific installation “BURST” by Andi Steele. Not only is it experiential and invasive, it also has that handmade quality that the artist cherishes from her experience at Penland (she was here on a ladder for three days tying individual knots with help from Gallery staff).
The most interesting thing about “BURST” is that it’s hard to see from outside the gallery. Sometimes people will come in and say “where’s the art?”… then we show them that they are already standing in a site-specific installation. As they begin to walk through it, they feel like they are discovering something very special for the first time.
For those of you that won’t be able to see it, we wanted to share with you what it looks like to interact with the piece. A few days ago, we took pictures of our Gallery Facilitator as she walked through it. Click through the thumbnail gallery below!