Multi-media artist and UNCC professor Erik Waterkotte explores the architectural and cultural legacy of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation during his 2015 summer residency. I had a chance to talk to him about growing up in a family of builders, the aesthetic of ritual, and the belief systems we build as individuals and in community. He says he's drawn to printmaking, because it allows him to create marks in two places at once – each with its own significance and storyline. Article on McColl Center's blog here.
Tom Stanley is an artist and the current chair of Winthrop University's Department of Fine Art. I had the chance to talk to him about his paintings, public art collaborations and the experiences and mentors that inspire him. He often takes his works in progress out of the studio and into the hallway, to remind students and visitors that art is not just a theoretical endeavor: it's the act of making something that must be shared. Story on HappeningsCLT is here or click on the photo.
The next time I find myself standing on the edge of fear or uncertainty, or am aswirl in self-doubt, I will think of the powerful work of artist Charles Williams, 2015 summer artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. His work explores the origins of fear, racial stereotypes, and how art helps us understand and overcome all of the above. Click on image or here for full story.
Interviewing glass artist Carmella Jarvi was like meeting a new friend. We're both Virgos, both love water, and both love every shade of blue. If I hadn't been sitting by a recently-fired kiln on a hot summer day, I may have stayed all day. For this HappeningsCLT profile, I had the chance to talk to her about her art, the importance of never standing in one place creatively, life's suprise ups and downs, and her passion for helping fellow artists. Check it out here or by clicking on the picture.
I have had 23 addresses in my life. John Ford's Westerns are my boo. In the city or the great outdoors, I've always been drawn to the idea of place. When I first saw one of Isaac Payne's collage paintings of a city block, I was surprised to feel so strongly about the architectural elements. Some buildings were well-defined; others were half-assembled to the point that I couldn't tell if they were crumbling or under construction. All seemed to me to be characters in a story, imbued with intentions and emotions as strong as any experienced by the people who might move inside and around them.
I was able to interview Isaac for this piece in HappeningsCLT. We talked at length about his ideas of place and the presence/absence of narrative in his work. Click the picture or the link to check it out....