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August Issue 2008
Greenville Tech in Greer, SC, Presents Works by USC Ceramic Artists and Mike Slattery
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the Greer campus of Greenville Technical College in Greer, SC, is presenting two exhibitions on view through Aug. 29, 2008, featuring ceramics from the University of South Carolina and mixed media works by Mike Slattery, Chair of Visual Arts at Bob Jones University. Both exhibits deliver remarkable and unexpected visual impact.
USC Ceramics, on view in GTC's Upstairs Gallery, presents MFA and BFA works in ceramics in addition to the work of Professor Virginia Scotchie. Both nationally and internationally known for her creative research in ceramic sculpture, Scotchie's whimsical, often times brightly colored objects resist easy classification. An obvious affinity for surface and form is combined with what the artist terms domestic abstraction.
The diversity of Scotchie's students' work is well represented in this exhibition. These works do not emulate their professor's in any way. Operating as autonomous statements in their own right, their high level of craft, form and surface owes much to Scotchie's influence.
Offered in GTC's Atrium Gallery, Slattery's mixed media narratives draw from his personal documentation of public spaces as well as historical models provided for the average public television viewer. They incorporate an unusual combination of drawing with photography and film. The small-scale format invites a spectacular examination of beautifully executed surfaces and provides the perfect backdrop for Slattery's imagery that points to issues of surveillance in highly trafficked urban settings, such as museums or airports.
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