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February Issue 2011

McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, Features Winter Artist-in-Residence

The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, is presenting several exhibits as part of its Winter Artist-in-Residence Exhibits including: (Dis)Comfort, featuring works by John Osario Buck and Scott Townsend; Dan Allegrucci: Printmaking; and Patricia Steele Raible: Mixed Media, all on view through Mar. 19, 2011. A closing reception will be held on Friday, Mar. 18, from 6-9pm.

Conceptual. Interactive. Electronic. Projection. Media. Installation. Hybrid. Translation. Object. Identity. Dis(Comfort).

From the cab-over camper to the Airstream trailer to the self-contained Winnebago, mobile shelters have offered the possibility of freedom, exploration, independence, and while new models are still produced, many of the older styles litter driveways and lots in various states of decay. Winter Artist-in-Residence John Osorio-Buck's traveling shelters are built mainly from recycled and waste materials and reframe the camper as the symbol of both the American pioneering spirit and a failed utopia.

Scott Townsend's interactive installations use narrative and personal history to engage viewers as they explore globalization, immigration and economics. In the last six years this has taken the form of specific projects, dealing with language translation and site-specificity. His pieces are incomplete until an audience interacts with them.

From personal narratives to grand mythologies of ancient civilizations, Dan Allegrucci uses printmaking to explore unpredictability and images of the vanquished while addressing the ways people create and use stories to make sense of their lives. Allegrucci received his BFA from UNC Charlotte. His work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast and is included in collections in Germany and Hong Kong.

Using images and words to narrate her stories, Patricia Steele Raible integrates painting with markings, textures and often photography to translate the journey, allowing the surface to tell the story as she explores war, relationships, and place. Raible received her BA from the University of South Carolina and her MA from the University of Tennessee. Her work has been exhibited in North and South Carolina.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 704/332-5535 or visit (www.mccollcenter.org).


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