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December 2013

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Offers Four New Exhibitions

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, will present four new exhibits including: Biennial Three-Person Exhibition, guest curated by Jennifer Dasal, featuring works by Mary Ann Anderson, Linda Ruth Dickinson, and Susan Martin, on view in Gallery 1, from Dec. 6 - Jan. 11, 2014; Flirting with Abundance, featuring works by Angela Piehl of Kansas City, MO, and Crystal Wagner of Atlanta, GA, on view in Gallery 2, from Dec. 6 through Jan. 25, 2014; Home, features wood furniture by Michael Gallagher and ceramics by Tanya Casteel, on view in the Upfront Gallery, from Dec. 6 - 28, 2013; and The Mapping Project, features works by Raleigh arts leader and Artspace Artists Association member Sarah Powers, on view in the Lobby Gallery, Dec. 6 - 28, 2013. Receptions will be held on Dec. 6, from 6-10pm.

The Biennial Three-Person Exhibition is open to Artspace members only, and of the applicants, guest curator Jennifer Dasal narrowed down her choices by going on several studio visits. Dasal selected Mary Ann Anderson, Linda Ruth Dickinson, and Susan Martin for an intriguing connection: the influence of Asia on their artmaking. Whether by technique, personal experience, or Eastern thinking, the traces of Asian culture are subtle and, as Dasal writes, “producing a hybrid of sorts—a blending of west and east, as seen through the eyes of these three North Carolina artists.” Each artist worked with Dasal to create new work for the exhibition, and paintings and multiple print processes will be represented.

Meanwhile, the recently renovated Gallery 2 will be graced by a two-person show with works by nationally recognized artists in the exhibition Flirting with Abundance. Angela Piehl of Kansas City, MO, shows her black and white drawings that are feats of draftsmanship and speak to our contemporary state of admiring luxury, accumulating objects, and being alienated from nature. Crystal Wagner of Atlanta, GA, will build a unique site-specific installation using relief print, screen-print, cut paper, and birthday party tablecloths. Both Piehl and Wagner teach at the college level.

The Upfront Gallery, devoted to Artspace member artists, features wood furniture by Michael Gallagher and ceramics by Tanya Casteel in the exhibition Home. The husband and wife, based in Fuquay-Varina, NC, are interested in, as Gallagher says, “bringing function and art to the everyday home life experience.” Casteel’s influence in oceanic imagery is evident in the decals and other designs she applies to her platters, vases, and plates.

Raleigh arts leader and Artspace Artists Association member Sarah Powers shows her new series, The Mapping Project, in the Lobby gallery. Of her process, Powers writes that it “is a cycle creating images, arranging elements and editing information.” She begins with photos of the landscape, drawings, and collaged matter, and then adds acrylic medium, pigment, and paint. Playing with texture and line, she conjures place with minimalist compositions.

Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of 120 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).


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