ANCESTORS & OTHER STRANGERS
The work Christopher Charles Curtis and Bobbie Polizzi
Collaboratively presented by CANVAS ArtSpace and The Gallery at Flat Rock.
On view: November 9 - 26, 2017
at The Gallery at Flat Rock
2702A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731
The title of the exhibition refers to Polizzi and Curtis’ shared interest in old, found photographs and the mystery of the unknown sitters who inhabit them. “Ancestors and Other Strangers” attempts to explore this context from different vantage points. The show will also feature one piece that Polizzi and Curtis have created together. "I feel fortunate to have met Bobbie - we both share an affinity for old photos, doll parts, and strange objects,” says Curtis. Polizzi concurs. “I’m so excited to show with Chris. His work whispers, haunts, and speaks to the message of my art, which is to create stories for those whose stories have been lost,” she says.
Observations in Light
September 14 - October 10, 2017
Focusing on quiet scenes composed of everyday spaces, objects, and people, Mark Karnes's intimate artworks fall within the tradition of Vermeer and Vuillard, observing the quietest aspects of domestic life. Despite their small size and plain components — bottles, jars, pincushions, postcards — Karnes's still lives are striking in their treatment of the depiction of light.
I had so much left to say
August 10 - September 12, 2017
Vickery Wiesel’s photography explores the space in between the industrial revolution and natural decay. Quiet, haunting and powerful, each photograph paradoxically captures a lastingness in one ephemeral moment, creating a tension that leaves the viewer uneasy, yet fixated. Wiesel’s work is centered on the belief that there are secret and beautiful spaces all around us, often hidden in plain sight. These spaces reflect a history, not only of what happened within, but of the larger cultural context in which they existed.
CHRISTOPHER CHARLES CURTIS
Nature's Black Crown: Tales of Restoration
June 8 - July 4, 2017
In this body of work, Curtis presents a complex series of illustrated fairytales that allude to a dark overarching narrative. Nature’s Black Crown reimagines the ecological catastrophe that devastated the midwest during the 1930’s, commonly referred to as the “Dust Bowl,” and through elaborate story telling, interpolates a dark universe that explores the relationship between man and nature.
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May 11 - June 3, 2017
Meditations, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Hendersonville-based artist Ani Magai, will feature a selection of abstractions from the artists’ series Meditations on Color and Music. For each painting, the artist works within the parameters of seven colors, each correlating to the seven tones in a musical scale. Systematic yet poetic, the works offer a visual counterpart to sound using color and repetitive mark making.
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