Making Meaning: Works from UNC Asheville Alumni
Nov 16, 2019
Jan 7, 2020
Work by Carley Brandau, courtesy of Jim Prinz
FRONT & CENTER
Front & center
The inaugural exhibition of the John Cram Partner Gallery at the Center for Craft, Making Meaning, brings together fourteen UNC Asheville alumni whose work shifts perceptions of material, method and meaning, creating new vocabularies in clay, digital media, photography, printmaking, assemblage and textiles. Through interdisciplinary practice, rooted in their experiences within a liberal arts model, these artists present expanded possibilities for innovation.
Carley Brandau employs textiles to immerse us in swaths of language; Bobby Emrick’s renderings transport us to views of the world beneath our feet; George Etheredge’s photojournalism carries us into the lives of others; Leslie Frempong embraces absence in her digital photographs; Sally Garner weaves VHS tape, enveloping us in a new textile landscape;
D. Forest Gamble characterizes sound through 3D animation; Lillian Bayley Hoover’s paintings preserve spaces for a better future; Chas Llewellyn marries our “junk” with emerging technologies, inviting us to play; Tatiana Potts builds upon the architectural past and future through printmaking and folded paper reliefs; Hunter Stamps confronts us with perceptions of our bodies through the visceral manipulation of clay; Jason Watson's paintings, cut-outs and found objects present fragmented narratives, making new meaning from old archetypes; Clay and digital manipulation meet to build Kevin Watson’s carnal world; Matt West melds the organic and mechanical in hydroponic, living works of art.
Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where these artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.
Cover image: Land of the ___., 2018, Carley Brandau. Image courtesy of Jim Prinz.
Meet the artists
about the artists
Curated by CFC Partner Gallery Faculty Advisory Committee, organized by UNC Asheville:
Suzanne Dittenber, Assistant Professor of Art
Lei Han, Professor of New Media
Jackson Martin Associate Professor of Art
Jonathan King Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Leah Mathews, Professor of Economics
Lise Kloeppel, Associate Professor of Drama
Susan Reiser, Senior Lecturer and Special Assistant to the Provost
Dr. Leisa Rundquist, Professor of Art History and University Curator
Brent Skidmore Associate Professor of Art and Public Arts & Humanities Chair
Since its inception in 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has imagined and executed an innovative vision for arts development that touches every corner of our state — all 100 counties — from the mountains to the coast.
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