On Saturday we joined over 200 institutions worldwide in welcoming guests to our an art gallery as Slow Art Day hosts. The event is an exercise in looking at art v e r y s l o w l y, then discussing how this new way of looking affects our appreciation of the pieces.
We had a good size group in the gallery to look at Amy Bagwell and Kit Kube’s work, then headed over to the always delicious Viva Chicken for lunch. A good time was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Congratulations to Isaac Payne, winner of Charlotte Magazine’s 2013 Best of the Best Award for Visual Artist. Isaac is one of our painting instructors at CPCC and recently had a two person exhibition in our galleries with Chris Watts.
In the words of Charlotte Magazine, “Payne leaves the figures in his work ambiguous and forces the viewers to project their own experiences and thoughts onto the familiar scenes.”
We look forward to showing one of Isaac’s paintings alongside work by many other talented CPCC Faculty members in our upcoming 2013 Faculty Show (May 8-September 6). Stay tuned for more details.
Thanks to all who came out to hear Kit Kube lecture on his kinetic sculpture Scree Riding with Alamente, the piece in his installation Turbulent Trajectories. Those who attended were lucky enough to see the artist toy with his piece and manipulate it in ways they hadn’t seen before.
Kit had great things to say about the short tradition of kinetic sculpture and it’s place here in Charlotte (he once restored the Tinguely piece in the lobby of uptown’s Carillon building). It was very interesting to see the way the artist interacted with his own piece, revealing a versatility in presentation that cannot be acquired through most art works.
We hope you join us for our next artist lecture by Amy Bagwell, at noon in Ross Gallery on May 2.
Watching You Land
I flew down
that frontage road shaking
singing Dolly Parton for luck (for you
who would be my son’s father) squinting
searching those crazymany stars for your plane wishing
willing one into blinking and beginning (but not quickly
god not quickly) to drift
to sink. There
descending. I knew
that sky it has no sympathy
for our smallness swells despitebecauseof
our worshipterror of its unlimits its arsenal of indianfierce
deafening winds twinopposites of wildfire and burying
snow its immodesty I could see
everything and you
weeping (like only someone
in a poem can weep) until at last we
arrived on hotheavy wheels at that happysmall
hunting lodge of an airport in Bozeman and I held you
and you (until now) misunderstood my panicdrained
loveworried eyes and fingers my notsleeping later,
after. You were in space darling
tumbling until I
On Saturday, April 13, the CPCC art department held an open house and welcomed Charlotteans into their studios. Visitors traveled through work spaces for painting, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, photography, design, and more, as students worked on projects.
The art department open house sign, created by student Chris Sirico
Paintings like this one line the halls of the Overcash Art building, where painting and drawing are taught.
Painting instructor Isaac Payne conversing with a student about his Van Gogh inspired self-portrait
Sculptural details in the Arts and Technology building
Visitors and students mingle in the jewelry making studio
Jewelry instructor Michael Gayk working on a sample
A sculptural work in progress by student Jodi McNeely
Ceramic instructor Paula Smith's giant turtle masterpiece