Things are back and running in the local art community, with six recommendations for events this week/weekend!
Wednesday, January 17:
There are two great art options on Wednesday, January 17. Susan Brenner, retired UNCC professor, will open a solo exhibition at Rowe Art Gallery at UNCC, and Marek Ranis, current Professor at UNCC, will present work at the New Gallery of Modern Art in Uptown. Brenner’s exhibition, The State of Things, opens on UNCC’s campus gallery with a reception from 5-7pm. Ranis’s exhibition, Sea Scapes, presents a series of paintings based on his travels and research in the Arctic, an area Ranis has focused on for nearly fifteen years. That reception takes place at the Uptown gallery from 6-8pm.
Thursday, January 18:
There are two more openings on Thursday, including Carlos Estevez’s solo exhibition at LaCa Projects and Tree People at The Light Factory. Miami-based Estevez will present Transeúntes (Transients), while the gallery also celebrates the grand opening of Basal Coffee, a new café at LaCa Projects. The Light Factory exhibition features two Finnish photographers, Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo. The exhibition features imagery from their travels in Finland, Estonia, and East Karelia, a rural area bordering Russia. Presented for the first time in the US, the exhibition focuses on the myth of the World Tree, sometimes called the “tree of fate” – a large tree growing at the center of the world that links the heavens, the underworld and everything in between. The reception takes place from 6:30-8:30pm.
Friday, January 19:
The academic institutions are reopening after hibernating during the holiday break. Months ago, Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer opened ¡VIVA! at their new exhibition space, 22 London in Asheville. How, they are bringing a smaller, curated version of the exhibition to the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City. The exhibition features works from the pairs personal art collection by ten stellar Latin American artists including Jorge Méndez Blake, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jose Dávila, Gabriel de la Mora, Tania Franco Klein, and two of our favorites, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Santiago Sierra.
Saturday, January 20:
Head to Rock Hill, SC for the opening of a new exhibition space, Met Contemporary. Odyssey will open at the new venue from 4-7pm and features some great Charlotte-area artists including Jason Watson, Liliya Zalevskaya, Foozhan Kashkooli, and Nico Armortegui. Read their Carolina Art Crushes on our blog and then check out the work in person. Holly Wilson, a sculptor based in Syracuse, NY, is also exhibiting her work at the gallery and will present a talk at 6pm.