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.!

Heather D. Freeman Lecture/Reception 8/28

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!

Coming Soon: Seth Rouser

Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean

Ross Gallery
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.