About the Work

Serpent, 1989
15 x 15 inches
Chromogenic print

Based on the play of paradoxes, their art is rich with philosophic and mythological implications, reflected in their writing. In 2012, their book Concepts was published in Russia. In the words of the artists, “Serpent is part of a series Photoglyphs. Associated with its quicksilver tongue, serpentine knowledge is both illuminating and dangerous. Such was envisioned in Serpent (1989), where it takes the form of the tongue, symbolizing among others logos spermatikos, or the fecundating word. It comes unto man as a lightning bolt of thought and speech. To penetrate its symbolism is like viewing the thick layers of a thousand slides pressed together, meanwhile our eye can distinguish only one at a time.  However, one thing seems certain: that before the tongue can speak from a higher level of consciousness it first has to lose the power to wound.”


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY

    Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin (Americans, b. Russia, 1951 and 1945) were founding members of the underground conceptual movement in Soviet Russia, described in their book Russian Samizdat Art. Since coming to the United States in 1980, they have had many exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Venice Biennale; the Guggenheim Museum; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Kunsthalle Bonn, Germany; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,  among others. The New Orleans Museum of Art launched an exhibition of their photography, curated by Mark Sloan, which traveled to fifteen venues in North America. Their works have appeared on the covers of The New York Times Magazine, Zoom, The Sciences, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. In a special series, The Millennium, The New York Times Magazine gave the Gerlovins a feature length spread.
    Their works are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Guggenheim Museum; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; International Center of Photography, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Cincinnati Art Museum; Denver Art Museum; Nasher Museum at Duke University, NC; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Ackland Art Museum, NC; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna among others. Their exhibition Perhappiness was featured in the Halsey Institute galleries in 2004.



    Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at beylottetf@cofc.edu or 843-953-5652.


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