“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is a day that honors a man who embraced non-conformance. He utilized new methods of communication and passion to make people see the world differently. One of the greatest things about art is that it is an opportunity to address difficult subjects, to open people’s eyes to injustice, and to start conversations. Going to exhibitions and museums to view art is an educational experience that can lead to a better understanding of the world around us.
Let us always remember that we ought to be open and seeking out this understanding. You can start by heading out to one of these openings, this week.
Davidson College Art Galleries is hosting an opening reception for “Kymia Nawabi: Lodestar” – With a growing curiosity for spirituality, the Brooklyn-based artists presents an exhibition of mixed media drawings depicting the artist’s invented mythology of characters, landscapes, and metaphors that speak to death, the afterlife, rebirth, souls and spirits.The artist will be in attendance. Opening at 7pm.
Winthrop University Galleries is having a double opening this Friday for Stacey Davidson’s Small is the New Big and NEO | NEO by the late David Freeman. 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Small is the New Big explores Stacey Davidson’s concerns for our shared human condition; delusions, foibles and weaknesses, along with our beauty, our vulnerability, and our smallness (no matter how big we are in our own minds). Davidson creates poseable figures/dolls to use as actors for her work as a means of projection, creating reflective narratives from paint, canvas or paper, or a moving image. Davidson is currently an assistant professor of painting in the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University.
NEO | NEO is a retrospective exhibition of the late Winthrop painting professor, David Freeman (1937-2013). NEO by definition marks a return and it is with this title we consider contemporary abstraction and honor a longtime faculty member who dedicated his artistic career to its exploration. Freeman’s bold, abstract mark-making lends an opportunity to examine the return of abstraction to favor in contemporary aesthetics and creative thought in recent years. The exhibition illustrates how Freeman over several decades channeled interpretations of representational subjects along with musical influences into an emotional experience with paint.
Finally, McColl Center for Art and Innovation will do an open house for ENCUENTROS/ENCOUNTERS by artists-in-residence, Dignicraft. Dignicraft is a collective of artists dedicated to preserving and sharing the Purépecha ceramic traditions from Mexico.
Opening Reception from 6pm – 9pm. For more information please click here.