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Aggie Zed
Keeper's Keep

January 20 – March 10, 2012

This exhibition is composed of sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

Zed’s studio practice is eclectic and varied. Often starting with images from her sketchbook, she may develop some of these concepts into paintings and others into sculptural tableaux or installations. Her subject matter is nothing less than the sum of human civilization, with an emphasis on our relationship to the animal kingdom. Human and animal figures collide with furniture or landscapes; rabbits sprout wheels or wings, while horses drown in collapsing scaffolding. Zed’s dreamscape narratives probe the inner reaches of the subconscious mind.

Although Zed’s work derives much of its meaning from literary associations, her imagery teems with invention and startling leaps of imagination. Her visual poetry conjures a world in which logic and rationality take a comfortable backseat. Human foibles and impulses are placed in the foreground. And even though she works in different media, her conceptual approach remains consistent throughout.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Aggie Zed is a storyteller whose works take us out of our consensual reality and into a world filled with absurdity, ambiguity, and the gifts of artistic imagination.

Mark Sloan

This catalogue includes a forward by Mark Sloan, Senior Curator and Director at the Halsey Institute and an interview between Michael Haga, Associate Dean, School of the Arts, at the College of Charleston and Aggie Zed. The catalogue includes six sketchbook pages and over 50 color reproductions featuring 17 paintings and 19 sculpture.

108 pages.


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Aggie Zed
Keeper's Keep

The sculptural and installation works are complex tableaux that illuminate aspects of the human saga. Sculptural works that the artist calls “scrap floats” appear as if in some sort of cosmic procession, enacting scenes that are at once strange yet familiar. The collision of disparate materials and elements in these works mirrors the beauty and fragility of the human condition.

The paintings are rendered in mixed media on paper. They depict humans and/or animals, often located within a domestic space or farmyard. There may be references to dinosaurs seen from the windows or other anachronistic details. Mirrors, doorways, and framed artwork on the walls become portals to other realms. Animals play the role of participant observers to the human drama. They are depicted variously as companions, sages, sources of amusement, means of transportation, and foils to daily tasks.


Special recognition:

Nina Liu

Project sponsors:

Ann W. Burrus
Jim Calk & Betsy Havens
Mary Case & Will Lowe
Patricia & Scott Corbett
Michael & Kay Layman
Lynn Letson
Richard & Yvonne McCracken
Arthur & Gloria McDonald
Bill & Leigh Ann McKelway 
Tom McQueeney
Pál & Andrea Maléter
Charlotte & John Morgan
Kate Nevin
David & Robben Richards
Jamee M. Rosa
Mimi Sadler & Camden Whitehead
Leslie Scanlan
Arthur & Julia Smith
Bob & Diane Sneed
Brian & Sherry Stone
Connie Stone
David Stone
Thompson Parker Barnwell Memorial Fund
Billy Vandiver
Sue Westmoreland
Rick & Brenda Wheeler
Zed, Tina & Ann-Marie White
Emily White 
Corduroy Charitable Trust
Leslie C. Cradock
Pernille Ægidius Dake 
B. Deemer Gallery
Leilani Demuth
Terry Fox
Bob & Carol Gunn
Michael W. Haga
Amelia T. Handegan, Inc.
Kathleen Hoppe
Hanson Howard Gallery
Paul W. Holmes 
Sosie Hublitz
Jack Blanton Collection
Blanding U. Jones, MD
Jo Lee & Chuck Kenney
Marty & Julie Klaper
Aria Knee
Jeff Kopish/limeblue

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