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June Issue 2002

Upstairs Gallery Offers Works by Jane Allen Nodine

Walls of white shirts and cotton handkerchiefs. Ironing boards and antique irons. Kitchen chairs. Laundry racks strung with vellum sheets depicting images of undergarments.

traces is a major installation being presented at the Upstairs Gallery in Tryon, NC, through June 22, 2002, by Jane Allen Nodine. The mixed media show uses elements of domesticity as metaphor for universal experiences.

"The installation is the result of a journey," says Nodine, "a journey that explores history and daily realities."

Subtitled "an installation of digital drawings and their subjects," traces presents more than 25 separate works of art ranging from manipulated photographs to an entire wall of starched and impeccably ironed white shirts. Like many installations, traces invites audience participation, so people are welcome to bring their clothes to iron.

traces has been exhibited previously at the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC and Anderson College, Anderson, SC. Nodine is adding new art to the show for the Upstairs Gallery presentation. Most of the individual pieces of art are available for purchase.

Nodine is a leading artist in South Carolina where she lives. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. Nodine's work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and she is the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. The multi-talented artist is equally accomplished in painting, drawing, jewelry, metalsmithing, photography and computer manipulation of digital imagery.

Nodine will give an informal "walking" talk of the installation on Sun., June 2 at 2pm. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/859-2828 or visit the gallery's web site at (www.upstairsgallery.org).

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