Art of the Play
Free & Public Reception…
Saturday, Oct. 26
Walk&Talk: 5-6 p.m. with the Artists
The show runs through December 6, 2019
What You Need To You…
Upstairs Artspace, the contemporary art gallery in Tryon, NC, will host two new exhibitions, running Oct. 26 through Dec. 6, 2019. Art of Play is a collection of “playful” creations in mixed media by several artists who are members of the local art cooperative Southern Exposure. Modified Perceptions is a collection of sculptural glass by six glass artists.
The exhibits will open Saturday, Oct. 26, with a free and public reception, 5-7:30 p.m. During the reception from 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a Walk&Talk, at which time the artists will speak to the patrons about their work. The public can view the exhibits at no charge Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibits’ last day will be Friday,
“As we approach the end of 2019, we wanted to have exhibits that are both playful and elegant,” gallery President John Walters said. “Art Of Play is a delightful exhibit that is entertaining, fun, creative, and just full of personality. We’ve worked with the artists in Southern Exposure several times, and they always produce crowd-pleasing and high-quality work. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ll have Modified Perceptions, which will be sculptured glass. Very elegant, and, of course, very fragile. This work takes my breath away, but I always hold my breath when I’m near the glassworks. If you are looking to see diverse art, come to Upstairs Artspace to see these exhibits. You’ll smile at one; you’ll be in awe of the other.”
Art of Play artists are Carol Augthun, Jessica Barnes, Jim Creal, Amy Goldstein-Rice, Linda Hudgins, Cynthia Link, AliceKay McMillan, Claire Miller Hopkins, Jane Nodine, Sara Dame Setzer, Doris Turner, Ann Wenz, and David Zacharias--all members of Southern Exposure.
“Our work is generally characterized by wit and humor, as well as artistic style,” Zacharias said. “The artists work in personal styles and media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and mixed-media. Art of Play was chosen as a theme through a voting process, during which other titles were eliminated. Each artist was asked to interpret their meaning of this title and to produce six to 10 works related to this personal response. The range of styles, personalities, media, and sheer exuberance is outstanding, and every visitor is sure to find something they can relate to and enjoy.”
Some of the work in Art of Play include whimsical paintings, sculptures of animals, postcard-like drawings, fiber wall hangings, colorful jewelry, and various ceramics.
Southern Exposure is Spartanburg’s oldest artist cooperative, now in its 41st year, was organized by six artists in 1978, as a group to support artistic efforts. The group was enlarged to nine members immediately after its first exhibition. Over the years, the group has added and lost members, and, today, has grown to its current membership of 13. The cooperative has exhibited frequently throughout the Southeast, with notable shows in New York City and Atlanta. In and around Spartanburg County, the group frequently makes quality artwork accessible to people who do not normally visit museums and galleries by showing in public places, schools, libraries, and workplaces. Often these shows have a theme such as Red, A Common Thread, The Home and the Homeless, and Art of Play.
The Modified Perceptions exhibit was curated by Hayden Wilson and Courtney Dodd. “The idea of this exhibition is to present work that asks viewers to rethink,” Dodd said. “The six artists who contributed to this exhibit are Hayden Wilson, Nickolaus Fruin, Nate Cotterman, Chris Kerr-Ayer, Kit Paulson, and myself. We are using optics, shifting perceptions, and recreating objects in glass that mimic other materials. Each one of is presenting work that uses glass in a curious way. We invite patrons to see the work by each artist, and we hope that will cause them to question, be surprised, and be as enamored with this fragile medium as we, the artists, are.”
Some of the glassworks to be displayed include a collection of paper airplanes, bottles within bottles, crystal dumbbells, and reflective abstract sculptures.
Landrum-based artist and printmaker Hague Williams presents "Drag" at Upstairs Artspace for August and September 2019. In total he has 11 prints in his solo show, giving special emphasis to a collection that was made using plates that were "dragged" behind a car against the asphalt highway, creating amazing images of scratches and dings that give the impression of motion. Be sure to view the short videos that actually show the plates being dragged.
Artists Lisa De Girolamo and Grant Penny are presenting "Papering Surface," an extensive collection of collages. Although the works of art are very different, they share in the art of collage, combining various images to create something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Girolamo: Generally, I decide on a color key for my palette and then begin arranging shape, color and line. The result may be more or less pleasing. But then I push for something deeper: qualities such as order, unity and proportion. At this point the work can begin to have a life of its own - no longer just an assortment of pictorial elements - but something that has become a composition, now able to convey poetically, and abstractly, an experience of the visual world.
Penny: Over the years I’ve made an effort to have creative endeavors that are separate from my work as a graphic designer. Something hands on (non-digital). A combination of these personal explorations evolved into the collage pieces that you see here. Beyond the personal satisfaction of doing this work, I found myself asking the question “what does the art mean to me?” Looking back at the work, collectively, the answer seemed obvious – and it is ultimately true of my life – I seek and crave simplicity. I am the most happy when I consciously enjoy the moment – making my daughter laugh – dancing with my wife in the living room – a glass of wine and a book. Simple things bring me joy and I try to convey that feeling of simplicity in my work.
Re/Assembled is a group exhibit by several artists, each of whom has a different understanding and approach to what it means to "assemble." In all cases of this large, extensive, and diverse exhibit, the end results are works of art that were created by combining physical elements to create something new. Sometimes those elements are "found." Other times, the elements were selectively acquired. All are very interesting and thought provoking. The artists in this exhibit include: Janet Orselli, D.J. Gaskin, Hague Williams, Michael Ziemer, and Lori Jusino. This exhibit runs Aug. 17-Sept. 27, 2019.
Pop to Pattern
Check out the colorful and fanciful works of 3 area artists: David Cedrone, Mark S. Holland, and Mark Brosseau. Pop to Pattern will be on Display from May 11th through June 21st, 2019. Please join us for an artist Walk & Talk and Opening Reception on Saturday, May 11th from 5-7:30 pm