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February Issue 2011

SCOOP studios Contemporary Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Dorothy Netherland

SCOOP studios Contemporary Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Built From Scraps, featuring works by Dorothy Netherland, on view from Feb. 4 - 26, 2011. A reception will be held on Feb. 4, from 5-8pm.

Charleston based artist Dorothy Netherland has expanded her technique of painting on multiple panes of glass to include imagery which is drawn, painted, scraped, screen-printed, ink-transferred and most recently etched on the glass.

Netherland's debut solo show in Charleston, Built From Scraps, conveys the artist's fascination with the themes of transience, mortality, narcissism and family drama. Netherland explains, "I am interested in our deepest stories, and how our (often false) interpretations of our personal histories inform our sense of self. I take inspiration from the fact that every time we retrieve a memory we alter it, and from the idea of the past being something which is more imagined than remembered." Like memories themselves, the paintings have the potential for multiple interpretations and can be seen as ambiguous personal narratives or mental landscapes.

The predominantly figurative photos which Netherland has cut out of magazines are drawing references in her paintings. These images are transformed from their original intentions as product-sellers, into a cast of characters, who now seem to be selling ideas about one's self. For Netherland, they suggest an identity culled from fragments of memory. A life built from scraps.

Netherland received her BFA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston in 2000. Her work has been shown at the SC State Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art as well as exhibitions throughout the Southeast. In 2009, Netherland was chosen for Contemporary Charleston: Revelation of the Process, at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston. In 2010, she had solo shows in Columbia, SC, and Savannah, GA.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/577-3292 or visit (www.scoopcontemporary.com).


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