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October Issue 2003
Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC, Features Works by Morag Charlton
The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC, announces the presentation of an exhibition entitled, Inferno, featuring works by Morag Charlton at its satellite gallery at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC, in conjunction with the theaters performance schedule. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 1, 2003.
This series of paintings were completed at the International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio in Umbria, Italy, during Sept., 2001. In Fall and Spring a residency program offers artists an opportunity to work without distraction and once a week visit Florence Rome and Asissi.
The paintings are influenced by reading Inferno, the first book of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri while undergoing intensive lifedrawing, four hours a day fours days a week. They are enlarged directly from small life drawing studies that were intentionally chosen for their particular mood of self-struggle and introspection. Dante is guided through hell by Virgil, and during the course of his journey is constantly questioning, and coming face to face with the relationship between the past and the present, the fates of historical figures and his own quest for spirituality and understanding. These paintings represent a journey. They reflect the history and essence of Italy in their sculptural approach and inverted landscapes, as well as the questions we ask and the search for those improbable answers.
Recently Charlton's work has been displayed at Glance Gallery and Artspace in Raleigh. In addition to her fine art making she also creates set designs for several area theater groups. Charlton was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She currently works from her studio at Antfarm in downtown Raleigh.
Until the Contemporary Art Museum's new facility opens in the heart of downtown Raleigh, all of the Triangle area has become the Museum's gallery. Through partnerships with venues such as Manbites Dog Theater, CAM is able to continue supporting new and innovative works by regional artists. The Contemporary Art Museum is funded in part by its members and friends, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council.
For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call CAM at 919/836-0088 or e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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