Monday, June 27, 2011

North Carolina!

Kevin and I just got back from a week in the mountains. We saw lots of art and a ton of craft. Here are some highlights.

House of the Rising Sun Variation, 1952
 We went to the Jack Tworkov show at Black Mountain College Art Center in downtown Asheville.  Jack Tworkov is an early abstract impressionist who taught at BMC. He influenced Rauschenberg and was the chair of the Yale Art Department from 1963-69.
Guardian 1, 1952

I love this quote!
 We headed up the hill to Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville. Blue Spiral is one of the best craft galleries in the country but they show a great deal of 2D work as well. I was really impressed by the work of Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949). His work looks like a cross between Joan Miro and Charles Burchfield. His sense of color and surface are very nice. Who knew abstraction was flourishing in the South before WW2?

 Lillian Garcia Roig is one of my favorite painters. She teaches at FSU (Meg- make friends). We were in a show at the Huntsville Museum of Art together several years ago. Her work is figurative from across the room but starts to collapse as you get closer.
 Here is a detail- she loves paint.

We headed over to the River Arts district in Asheville. It is neighborhood of warehouses turned into studios (we were jealous). Kevin used to work for Randy Shull who owns Pink Dog Creative. Randy is a woodworker who uses a lot of paint. He is making more paintings about furniture than furniture.
We traveled up to the Penland School of Craft which is about an hour north of Asheville. They have a fantastic curriculum and a great gallery. Here are shots from a Typography show. I love the glass pieces from Marc Petrovic.

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