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    Your unofficial Spoleto place of zen | Thu. May. 26, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    Earlier today, I took a walk through downtown for a Spoleto dry run when I dropped in the Halsey to see Redl’s LED installation. While I could go into more detail about the overall exhibit, I just don’t feel any of that’s necessary, particularly when talking about the individual pieces with any degree of weight is to impart unnecessary meaning to what is little more than a couple of delightful doohickies and a few tapestries.


    Installation Artist Erwin Redl Brings Light and Movement to the Halsey Institute | Thu. May. 26, 2016

    South Carolina Public Radio

    Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetical language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations. In his current show at the Halsey Institute, his work displays strict methodologies which employ binary logic as well as tropes of minimalism to exuberant extremes. As demonstrated in his light installations and most recent kinetic works, a very restrained vocabulary due to the scale, repetition, and variations leads to a sense of deep corporeality. 


    Last-chance exhibits worth a trip: “Neighbors” and students swap mail art | Wed. May. 25, 2016

    The Post and Courier

    If you’re not familiar with the concept of correspondence art, you’re not alone. In a time when the handwritten letter is almost extinct, the notion of turning mail into art seems like a far-fetched one. But, as a subject, it is truly fascinating and offers a glimpse into the working mindset of long-form correspondence and the artistic process.


    Erwin Redl’s LED installations just might cause you to lose your inhibitions | Wed. May. 18, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    Mark Sloan was first introduced to Erwin Redl when the artist was chosen to work on Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, a public art project in the conservative heart of the Upstate that the Halsey director was working with. Redl collaborated with the city to design and develop LED light installations which would not only help beautify the city but create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. Although Sloan was already aware of Redl’s work when they met, the encounter ultimately led to Redl’s latest installation Rational Exuberance, which opens this week at the Halsey.


    ‘Young Contemporaries’ show features student art, serves as launching pad | Sun. Mar. 27, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    Art-making is not a particularly reliable career. Even the most talented painters and sculptors often will struggle to earn a living wage. But certain factors increase the odds of success, especially good teachers, advocates and opportunities.

    The annual Young Contemporaries show mounted by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art provides one such opportunity. And for some College of Charleston studio art students, it has paid off.


    Women’s artwork is never done | Thu. Feb. 25, 2016

    The Washington Post

    Washington artist Renee Stout contains multitudes. She makes paintings, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media pieces and roams the mystical terrain where African gods meld with Christian saints. Sometimes she even becomes a different person altogether — “hoodoo” woman Fatima Mayfield, who deals in potions and predictions.


    Thanks to residencies, artists have the freedom to follow their muse | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    I was recently commiserating with my friend Erin Bennett Banks, local illustrator and creative director at the Gibbes Museum of Art, about the fact that there’s never enough time outside of work and family to spend on our own creative endeavors. I need more time to finish my book — she needs more time to work on her design projects. We fantasized about how great it would be to participate in a residency program. “Just imagine,” I said, ‘what could be accomplished with endless, uninterrupted hours to submerge ourselves in art.’

    Thankfully, some lucky souls actually get that chance, thanks to the handful of artist-in-residence programs in town.

    If you’re a visual artist in Charleston, you have at least five opportunities. Residencies are available through the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Robert Lange Studios, and The Vendue, and when the Gibbes Museum reopens this spring, it will have both short- and long-term artists in residence in their studio space on the first floor.


    Groundhog Day Concert emerges as an annual tradition among local musicians | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston Scene

    Look out, Valentine’s Day. There’s a new holiday tradition in town that just might overshadow the fancy dinners and pink-hued candies that typically get all the attention in February.

    The Groundhog Day Concert at the Charleston Music Hall reaches its fourth installment Saturday, solidifying itself as the reason to look forward to an otherwise unremarkable holiday in Charleston. Featuring an all-star cast of local musicians who don’t often find the time or opportunities to play together, the performance is essentially a pu-pu platter of Charleston’s diverse music scene.


    Groundhog Day Concert performers reveal the shows they’d relive if they could | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston City Paper been to a show you’d love to experience on repeat? That’s what the Groundhog Day Concert is like, which makes its title a fitting one. When the who’s who of Holy City musicians gather on the Charleston Music Hall Stage, magic happens — and that’s why the Groundhog Day Concert has become one of the local music scene’s most anticipated events of the year.


    The art’s in the mail: Halsey Institute exhibition showcases correspondence art | Wed. Jan. 20, 2016

    The Hub

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located in Charleston, S.C., received a South Carolina Arts Commission Arts Education Project grant to help support this exhibition.

    “You’ve got mail” has different meanings, depending upon one’s age and current communications style.  The Halsey Institute’s exhibition, Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images by Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray, will appeal to those nostalgic for a time when keeping in touch could mean waiting a day or more for letter delivery, while also introducing the concept of creating and mailing art to young people accustomed to reaching their friends instantly via text.


    Community Partners 2015