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December Issue 2010

The Art Institute of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Wil Bosbyshell

The Art Institute of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Weight, featuring figure drawing by Wil Bosbyshell, on view in the Guinan Gallery from Dec. 4, 2010 through Jan. 5, 2011.

In the exhibition, Bosbyshell explores the human figure and its role in the context of today's pressure-cooker society.

According to Bosbyshell, society puts tremendous pressure on its citizens to succeed and to consume. "We are all pressured by market forces, peer pressure, family obligations, and demanding jobs," he said. "If societal pressures are not enough, we also pressure ourselves to advance in our careers and to being perfect children, parents, spouses, friends, etc.?In other words, we pressure ourselves to 'have it all'."

In the series of drawings, Bosbyshell, an artist and associate professor of graphic design at The Art Institute of Charlotte, uses the figure as metaphor to explore the weight that society places on us.

Bosbyshell has drawn and painted the figure throughout his career, but this is the first time he has undertaken drawings of this size and scale. The main drawings of the exhibit are 6' high and 3' wide, drawn with pencil and white charcoal. Each figure supports a rock above her head. Some figures shoulder the weight easily; others look as if the weight will crush them. The exhibit also includes Bosbyshell's preparatory pencil and pastel sketches.

Bosbyshell is represented by RedSky Gallery in Charlotte, and has exhibited internationally, and throughout the southeastern US.? His paintings are included in the collections of EnPro Industries and The Vendue Inn in Charleston.

The Art Institute of Charlotte offers bachelor's degree programs in Culinary Arts Management, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Marketing & Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Web Design & Interactive Media. It offers associate's degree programs in Culinary Arts, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Web Design & Interactive Media.

The Art Institute of Charlotte is licensed to award certificates by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.

For further info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Institute at 704/357-5963 or visit (www.artinstitute.edu/charlotte/).


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