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March 2011

Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, Features Works by Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz

The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC is presenting Scene Unseen, an installation by Fanjoy Labrenz, on view in the Museum’s Coe Gallery, through April 15, 2011.

Hickory artists Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz transformed the gallery space through the use of digitally projected stills and video images on walls, LCD screens, as well as photographs printed on alternative materials such as aluminum.

Scene includes close details of the artists’ immediate environment seen while walking or looking through a window. Scenes further develop in the staged poetry, music and dance responses to their visual findings. Unseen is presented through music, spoken word and dance as the art forms convey and give life to the things we miss. These non-two dimensional works give form to the symbolism present in the natural and the man-made local environment.

Fanjoy Labrenz see this work “as a call and response to our community.” They invited other artists to contribute to the installation through spoken word, music and dance, including poets Rand Brandes and Adrian Rice; musicians Marin Fanjoy-Labrenz, Austin Labrenz and the members of the Kontras Quartet; performer Natalie Thomas; and filmmaker Brock Labrenz. They also asked the local community to speak a word or two on film for Visual Poems that play in the exhibition.

Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz are photographers, filmmakers, artists and teachers who have lived and worked in Hickory for over 20 years. Their recent exhibits include Pantone 278 at the Charlotte Trolley Museum, and MAYDAY, a collaborative event with poet Dr. Rand Brandes made possible through an Innovative Artist Project Grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley in Hickory.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 828/327-8576 or visit (

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