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October Issue 2007
Nina Liu & Friends in Charleston, SC, Features Group Exhibition
Nina Liu and Friends in Charleston, SC, presents In the Spirit, an exhibition of work by six artists who address the spiritual realm in a variety of ways. The exhibition will open on Oct. 5 and be on view through Nov. 2007.
Phillip Chan, whose work is new to the gallery, lives in Ohio and teaches at Youngs-town State University. His oil stick images of angels, some fallen, are abstracted to the point where wings and bodies are almost interchangeable from image to image. Chan's use of bilateral symmetry and repeated forms in his compositions seems to place his work within the tradition of Orthodox icons, but they definitely belong to our contemporary world.
Katherine Amacher Korff's work also is new to Nina Liu and Friends. Korff's beaded images have appeared in publications such as American Craft and in exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Her works include sharp-edged images such as Winter Wheat that feature repeated rectilinear forms and recall Josef Albers' experiments with color and composition.
Jocelyn Chateauvert's handmade paper light sculptures have brought the artist national acclaim. The Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, recently featured her work in a major invitational exhibition, and several churches have commissioned Chateauvert to create works for their public spaces. Her glowing, translucent objects are functional but also serve as metaphors for ideas about spirituality and enlightenment that occur in multiple religious traditions.
Knoxville, TN, artist Cynthia Tollefsrud's brilliantly colored paintings resemble images from medieval illuminated manuscripts. Through humorous, self-conscious references to art from centuries long past and popular culture of the mid-twentieth century, Tollefsrud creates "portraits" that delight both the eye and the mind. In the Spirit includes a number of her paintings that portray "saintly" girls.
The placement of images in Susan Miller Simon's graphic paintings brings to mind petroglyphs of the American Southwest. Their spare backgrounds are a perfect foil for stylized images of animals and symbols that Simon brings together to great effect. The paintings have a meditative quality that makes them perfect for inclusion in the exhibition.
Aggie Zed regularly addresses the "human condition" in her work through personal references and sometimes obscure symbolism. In the Spirit includes some of Zed's ambitious sculptural assemblages that combine ceramic and metal elements. Whether these winged beings are angels, souls, or something altogether different, they challenge the viewer to become engaged with them.
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