Red State Blues
Red State Blues

Jan. - March, 2008

Red State Blues displayed works by South Carolina artists who explore social and political commentary through their work. Visual artists often have the capacity to frame complex social and political dynamics in ways not reachable by language alone. Guest curator Wim Roefs knows South Carolina artists well and enjoyed the challenge proposed to him by the Halsey Institute to curate this exhibition. Artists to be included in the exhibition are Russell Biles (Greenville, SC), Steven Chapp (Easley, SC), Tonya Gregg (Hopkins, SC), Jean Grosser (Greenville, SC), Mana Hewitt (Columbia, SC), Deanna Leamon (Columbia, SC), Larry Merriman (Hartsville, SC), Alex Powers (Myrtle Beach, SC), Colin Quashie (Charleston, SC), Leo Twiggs (Orangeburg, SC), and John G. Wright (Varnville, SC).

Various Artists
Red State Blues


Roefs states, “The art in the exhibition prods the often manufactured consent that much of society operates on. The art does so, however, not through the cheap-and-easy, single-minded shot of the hack-columnist but the subtle considerations of observers, in this case artists, not bound by particular party or interest-group politics but by notions of a just, open, healthy and sustainable society—locally, regionally and globally. Much of the work does not provide clear-cut answers or positions. Rather, it does what thoughtful art does best: trigger thought and discussion through visual means by providing a different point of entry into complex issues, asking questions rather than obscuring them with pat answers. In addition to providing food for thought, the art selected also achieves high formal and aesthetic qualities. Art has to be aesthetically interesting to be relevant because only art worth looking at can make a point—or points.”

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