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July Issue 2004
Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Peter Butler, Oliver Wagner, and Grimanesa Amorós
Artspace in Raleigh, NC, will present the exhibition, New Landscapes, featuring oil paintings and monotypes by Peter Butler in the Upfront Gallery from July 2 - 31, 2004. In Artspace's Lobby will be the, Past Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, featuring works by Oliver Wagner from July 2 - 24, 2004. And in Gallery 1, Grimanesa Amorós, Artspace's 2004 Summer Artist-In-Residence will be working on her installation, Rootless Algas, during the month of July. The resulting exhibition will be on view Aug. 6 - Sept. 26, 2004.
Peter Butler's exhibition features new landscapes of the coast. Most of the landscapes include man-made features such as buildings and roads. The scenes are familiar - beach neighborhoods and house in the dunes. For Butler, the work is about familiar places in a confined space - "territory a kid could cover on his bike."
Butler has been a member of the Artspace Artists Association for more than twelve years. He has exhibited widely throughout the state and region. His work in the oil monotype medium over the last three years includes more than 200 works of art. In addition to printmaking, Butler also works with oil on canvas. His preferred subject matter includes figures, landscapes and still life.
Oliver Wagner will close his residency at Artspace with an exhibition in the Artspace lobby. The Regional Emerging Artist Residency program was established in January 2000, to provide emerging visual artists with time and space to explore their work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment. The residency includes a private, rent-free studio with 24-hour access. Recipients are selected through a call to artists held twice a year.
While at Artspace, Wagner has been working on large mixed media works, incorporating collage, drawing, painting, stenciling, and screenprinting. His work is often inspired by imagery found in textbooks from the 1940s-60s. Wagner graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, majoring in Fine Arts with a specialization in Printmaking.
The Summer Artist Residency program provides an established artist with a month-long studio opportunity to work on a specific project in an open-studio environment. The residency culminates with an exhibition in Gallery 1. This year, Artspace is proud to present Grimanesa Amorós as our Summer Artist-In-Residence.
During her residency, Amorós will explore her experience in Flatey, an island in Breidafjördur Bay off the coast of Iceland. She had intended to observe and make sketches of the area's abundant birds, such as Arctic Terns, Red-throated Divers and Black Guillemots, but learned upon her arrival that two days earlier the birds had migrated to a warmer climate. There were only about six other people on the entire island. Amorós spent her time making direct observations with the little around her. A key part of this process involved learning to overcome her feelings of isolation and foreignness by interacting with the island's natural inhabitants.
The rocks on the shorelines of Flatey were covered with thick and textured accumulations of algae. The colors and the immensity of these piles were overwhelming. They were aesthetically beautiful, yet Amorós found herself constantly having to step in and around the vegetation. Her fascination with the algae also increased as Amorós began to identify with their lack of roots.
Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the field of social history, scientific research, and critical theory. Born in Peru, Amorós currently lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited her work throughout the country as well as internationally, including at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sante Fe Art Institute, Sante Fe, NM, and the Sculpture Center, NYC. Amorós has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Visual Art Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
During her residency, Amorós will teach
papermaking for both youths and adults in the Artspace Summer
Arts Program. Swirlin' Sheets will be offered during Session 7,
July 19-23, 9am-12noon, for rising 6th-8th graders. Tuition and
materials: $125 ($115 members) per person plus a $10 registration
fee. Basic Papermaking for Adults (ages 16 and up) will be offered
on July 17, 11am-5pm. Tuition and materials: $90 ($80 members/teachers).
A (.5) Teacher Renewal Credit is offered for this workshop! Call
919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org) to register!
Artspace is a non-profit visual art center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions and education programs in an open-studio environment. Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign and the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council; by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission; and by individuals; businesses; corporations; and private foundations.
For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/821-2787 or at (www.artspacenc.org).
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