If treasured possessions carry any residue from their long-departed owners, Charleston’s art halls this month are chock-a-block with the denizens of yesteryear. Three exhibitions now up at the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art feature works that reinvent, reframe and utterly reimagine antiquities in ways that alternately glorify and give new meaning to them.
Over at the Halsey, tourists of an altogether different stripe have informed the oeuvre of Butch Anthony, an artist whose work started the folk-art vein, populating his Museum of Wonder in the tiny hometown of Seale, Ala., and filling it with all sorts of antique oddities, from dust-covered curiosities to taxidermy critters.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
It’s interesting how there’s always an “and” between “arts” and “crafts.” It suggests that they are, while related, separate from one another. But in the work of artist Coulter Fussell, whose new exhibition The Raw Materials of Escape is now open at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the two become one.
Fussell began her artistic endeavors as a painter, but after her first child was born, she followed in her mother Cathy’s footsteps and began making quilts. But she never quite left painting behind.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
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And near the downtown landmark Marion Square, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is known to mount some of the most adventurous and experiential work in the region—Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto once spent a couple of weeks creating an intricate temporary labyrinth of sea salt across the gallery floor.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston will present a new exhibit of two modern American artists redefining the folk genre. Inside/Out is an exhibition of works by Butch Anthony and The Raw Materials of Escape is an exhibition of quilts by Coulter Fussell. The pieces will be on view from Jan. 17 to Feb. 29, 2020.
Inside/Out will consist of new images, assemblages and installations created specifically for the Halsey. As a multifaceted, self-taught artist, Anthony creates works that investigate and appropriate images from the American vernacular. Anthony’s work often has a charming immediacy because of the familiarity of the selected materials, yet this surface appeal is often undermined by the conceptual premise. Some images evince a biting sarcasm or ironic wit, while others poke fun at our consumerist society. This is the largest show of Anthony’s work to date. Singular portraits, assemblage objects and installations combine to create a working model of the inside of Anthony’s mind.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
Coulter Fussell is a painter first, but adding quilting to her skillset has paid off as she prepares to exhibit her work in South Carolina next week.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is presenting an exhibition of Fussell’s work, titled “The Raw Materials of Escape.” The exhibit begins on Jan. 17 and runs through Feb. 29.
Making quilts was not something Fussell said she was interested in as child, but she learned the art by watching her mother, as most all girls did in the South in generations past.
“My mom is a like a prolific, really good quilter and has been my entire life,” Fussell said. “When I was in my late teenage years, college, she and I made some quilts together. That was the point in which I really figured out the method in doing it.”
After being a painter “for years,” Fussell then returned to quilt making after the birth of her first son, when she made him a quilt 12 years ago. Since then, all Fussell has done is make quilts and sew.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
As is the case with many Southern summer road trips, the winding route between Atlanta and Water Valley, Mississippi, is a swath of verdant farm land creased by state highways. Heavy, sluggish heat seeps under your clothes as you travel. By 10 AM, a roadside thermometer reads “101 F” in a smirking, digital glare. Continuing due west, signs that you’re moving into Water Valley—which by name seems to promise a miraculously cool spring that will save you from the heat of high summer—begin to crop up. Rather than offering any such aquatic feature, Water Valley has the air of most small, former-railroad-towns you’ll find throughout the South. On Main Street, the town’s central artery, there’s a meat-and-three restaurant, a post office, a Methodist church, a Shriner’s meeting house, and a hair salon called Hair Trendz. And then, a jewel box: in a modestly shaded, shotgun-style storefront, you’ll find the cloth-plumed studio of artist Coulter Fussell.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
Art, like life, thrives where there is a sense of adventure, of extending one’s gaze beyond immediate perceptions. In the 25 years since Mark Sloan took the helm as director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, the old maxim has been embraced wholeheartedly. The Halsey is both an enterprising teaching institution and a global showcase of some of the most arresting work in modern art. Sloan, ably abetted by associate director Lizz Biswell and their staff, continues to cast a wide net, with the rather surprising result that the Halsey is better known (and more esteemed) outside the state than within. Though this is changing.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
The Hunter Museum presents Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, featuring more than 200 images by 56 photographers and representing the largest exhibition of photographs of the American South in the twenty-first century. The exhibition will open Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
Review for Southbound:
The history of the American South is among the most storied of any region in the world. As a result of its cultural vitality and the diversity of its inhabitants, the area has also come to be among the most photographed. Since capturing the essence of this complex region and its inhabitants would be impossible – even with 20 images – the exhibition presents a kaleidoscope view. With multiple perspectives, each viewpoint comprises a single facet that taken together represent a multilayered, colorful vision of a region steeped in tradition yet constantly changing.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
It’s not hard to fall for Charleston, South Carolina. From its Instagram-worthy architecture to its exciting culinary scene to its warm residents who embody Southern hospitality, there’s no question why Travel + Leisure named it the top city in the United States.
And for museums, go to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. This museum features contemporary art and visiting artists from around the world. The Halsey always provides a wonderful juxtaposition of contemporary art in a historic city.READ THE FULL STORY [+]
If you were on campus in the fall of 2018, it’s likely that you took note of “Southbound,” the photographic exhibition that hung at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (and Charleston’s City Gallery) for the entire fall semester. That mammoth show, which featured the work of 56 photographers, offered a vivid portrait of the diverse social culture of the American South. The catalog of that exhibit – a hardbound book of the same name – is equally impressive. That’s why it’s not surprising that the Southbound book recently won the Alice Award, one of the most prestigious book prizes in the U.S.READ THE FULL STORY [+]