Art On the Roof – Sunday, June 12, 2011
This Sunday, Holy Cross Church will be hosting “Art on the Roof ” in Skiles Hall from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artists will be displaying their work, including paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork, glass and more. I will be contributing photography, jewelry and some paintings. A tithe on sales goes to benefit the church which is located in Valle Crucis, NC.
Dust : Machine at Nth° Gallery and Studios–June 3, 2011
On Friday, June 3, from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, the Nth° Gallery and Studios will feature work by Sara Leverett and Amber Brown.
Their work relates to the finite nature of the human form and the difficulties associated with perceiving it as such. Where Leverett approaches the concept from the perspective of the encapsulated display of survival and mortality that is the sport of boxing, Brown uses ritualistic positioning to create an exaggerated mirror to the heavily object-oriented perception that exists of organic life.
Leverett’s series of paintings employs partially abstracted images of injured ultimate fighters to express a perceived disconnect between the body and ego. She views the sport of boxing as an attempt to reconnect to a long-buried, primal awareness of survival and the vulnerability of the human form. Civilization has obscured this awareness by censoring natural processes (aging, decay) to the point of artifice. Leverett feels that we constantly seek out the role of spectator, and neglect the reality of the self as participant. The result is a sterilized fascination with the damaged human form that masks the comprehension of our own temporality.
In Brown’s paintings, discomfort concerning the transience of the human body, and attempts to settle that discomfort, have resulted in the placement of the body in ritualized compositions to stress its objectivity. The assemblages and photographs approach the same idea, but through the vehicle of non-human life. As the work concerns the process of symbolism, rather than specific symbol systems, no one religion is emphasized, but rather the compositional tendencies of several, such as radial symmetry and hierarchical arrangements.
Gallery visitors are asked to be aware that some images will contain nudity, and parental supervision is encouraged.
The Nth° Gallery & Studios is an independent art venue showing emerging and established artists in the High Country. For more information contact Amber Brown at 828-406-4889.
The Nth° Gallery and Studios is located at 683 West King Street, across from the Post Office and above Loretta’s Vendetta in Downtown Boone.
8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition–February 4 through June 4
Turchin Center For the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. To learn more about the competition, exhibition, and gallery, and to see a complete list of artists, please visit: http://www.virtualblueridge.com/contests/app-mtn-2008/