Indonesian artist Jumaadi paints in an ancient language | Wed. Oct. 15, 2014
Charleston City Paper
Looking at the Indonesian artist Jumaadi’s works, one is reminded of art from long, long ago: ancient Greece, perhaps, or the cave paintings of Lascaux.
It’s not because of any similarities in style. Jumaadi’s work, which will be on display at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art through Dec. 6, is rougher, without the formal constraints of the Greeks or the fluidity of Lascaux. Rather, it’s because Jumaadi’s visual language, like those bygone artists, is one of archetype. Rain, trees, wild beasts, and stark, disembodied human faces haunt his paintings and drawings, creating a world of primordial and universal symbols that one could devote much time, and anthropological study, to reading.
Yaakov Israel: The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art | Tue. Sep. 16, 2014
In 1981, John Baldessari said, “Probably one of the worst things to happen to photography is that cameras have viewfinders…” but artist Yaakov Israel would certainly disagree. Israel’s photographs in The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina, are carefully constructed. Israeli-born and -based, Israel relishes the serendipitous encounters he’s had while exploring the geography and people of his native land, and this show is a case in point: As he was packing up his equipment after a long day in the desert looking for subjects for his photographs, Israel was approached by an elderly man riding a white donkey.
Q&A with Israeli photographer Yaakov Israel | Sun. Sep. 7, 2014
Post & Courier
Yaakov Israel is among his country’s new generation of artists shaped inevitably by current events and history. Yet he is determined to reach beyond the headlines to create work that explores profound ideas and themes.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art director Mark Sloan, invited to Israel two years ago to get to know visual artists at work there, met the photographer and immediately began conceiving an exhibit, now on the walls of one of the two galleries. (The other has photographs by Kathleen Robbins.) Israel will be in town to give a free gallery talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event is co-sponsored by the Halsey and the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program.
The Post and Courier took the opportunity to ask Israel about his work.
“Oppressive Flatness” With Kathleen Robbins’ Into the Flatlands | Wed. Sep. 3, 2014
Echoing her grandmother’s words, Kathleen Robbins said, “I felt possessed by the place just as much as I possessed it.” This place is the Mississippi family farm Robbins grew up on, and the centerpiece of her photo collection Into the Flatlands, on display now in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
Best Art Galleries in Charleston | Sat. Aug. 23, 2014
Travel + Leisure
The history, gardens, and sea of South Carolina have long inspired a tradition of art both in Charleston and the surrounding Lowlands. In town, the annual Spoleto performing arts festival doesn’t focus on the visual arts, but still influences the city’s culture scene with shows featuring renowned dancers, singers, and actors. Year-round, painters set up plein-air easels on downtown streets to work on their harbor and marsh views. And gallery and pop-up events can be found on any block in 19th-century storefronts or diverse settings from Marion Square Park to the Old City Jail. Like a glass of wine with your art? On Friday nights, there’s likely an opening reception or two, or even a neighborhood art walk. These crawls are an easy, no-pressure way to check out what’s new on the art scene and meet some locals in a wandering crowd of Charleston’s culture-seekers. Here are a few of the best art galleries in Charleston.
Four for Mark Sloan | Fri. Aug. 15, 2014
Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta
Four for Mark Sloan, Director and Senior Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston
- You were on the curators’ delegation to Israel with your peers and colleagues from the US. Can you describe that experience?
It was my first time to Israel and it was an overwhelming experience for me and my colleagues. We didn’t know what to expect. Traveling to a country like [Israel] with such a complex, layered history, one tends to build up images in their mind. Growing up as a Protestant, I had the Bible images in my head. When I got there I saw something very different. I was very impressed by the country and the kindness of the people. I thought the quality of art was very high and exceptional. We also saw a dance troupe that was incredible. We were certainly never bored.
Delta Blues | Tue. Aug. 12, 2014
When author James Cobb referred to the Mississippi Delta as “the most Southern place on Earth”, he obviously wasn’t talking in the geographical sense. Located in the north-west corner of the US state, the Delta is synonymous with the Deep South; although it lies at that region’s northernmost point, its people and history are rich with Southern character. The Delta is shaped in every aspect by the two rivers which enclose it on either side – the Mississippi and the Yazoo. These waterways mean the ground is extremely fertile, making it ideal for growing crops such as cotton, and many a plantation owner made their fortune in this way. The legacy of that business also left its mark on the racial and economic profiles of today’s Delta, with the stereotypical “rich white folks and poor black folks” still remarkably evident. As well as being a blessing to agriculture, the rivers can also be a curse, with an ever-present danger of flooding hanging over the Delta, and uninhabitable swampland covering swathes of the extremely flat landscape.
Yaakov Israel | Mon. Jun. 23, 2014
An interview with Yaakov Israel on his work “The Quest For the Man on the White Donkey”, which is the result of years of short trips that Yaakov undertook in the Israeli-Palestinian territory.
Yaakov Israel, born in Jerusalem in 1974, studied Photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and, since 2004, has been teaching photography in some of the most prestigious photography schools in Israel. Yaakov’s photography seeks to investigate the identity of his native country, the way it is mirrored and comes across in its architecture, in the landscape and its inhabitants. His is a very complex country, the traits of such complexity being clearly discernible both in its social fabric and in its territory, which bear the scars of the numerous political, cultural and religious conflicts that have been ongoing for years.
The Brilliant, Forgotten Futurist Who Predicted the Kindle | Mon. Jun. 2, 2014
Don ZanFagna is the most fascinating technological soothsayer you’ve never heard of. Last year, when the artist/architect/engineer passed away, he left behind a basement full of boxes and crates stuffed with ideas that were well ahead of their time.
Spoleto inspires artists and the audience | Sun. Jun. 1, 2014
Between performances of the Gravity & Other Myths’ “A Simple Space” and Hubbard Street Dance on that same Friday, I waylaid Margaret “Tog” Newman” on Calhoun Street outside of the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute.