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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Art Preview: Shimmer Builds a Bridge of Light From Chapel Hill to Carrboro

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Shimmer: The Art of Light Friday, Feb. 12, 6–11 p.m. Chapel Hill and Carrboro The circus is coming to town. Well, not exactly. But it might seem that way when larger-than-life light sculptures take over Chapel Hill and Carrboro during this 2nd Friday Artwalk, from twinkling chandeliers hanging in tree branches to illuminated tarot vignettes. Sarah Wolfe is a Durham resident who has headed projects such as Night Lights at Morehead Planetarium, an annual New Year’s Eve event that combines planetarium shows with illuminated performances by dancers. Inspired by light festivals around the world, including France’s Nuit Blanche, or “White Night,”...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Empathy and ritual in art cakes at UNC

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

This is the time of year to trot out our rituals. We have to eat a turkey on this certain November Thursday and go shopping before sunrise the day after. Maybe we automatically put a spangled tree or a menorah in our houses. Too many of us try to get to the bottom of a bottle in order to flip the calendar over to next year. But what if we could make a thought or feeling ritual instead of just a series of actions? A seminar class of undergraduate art majors at UNC-Chapel Hill did just that on Monday...

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Eleven paintings and a giant vagina: Robin Walker at the Carrack

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“Decorative” is a bit of a dirty word in the art world. It’s why we say “interior decorators” instead of something like “décor artists.” In galleries and museums, the word “ornamental” is preferred, describing artwork that incorporates motifs from traditional crafts, fashion or architecture into a larger statement or meaning. If, in the context of your work, you scrutinize an aspect or example of craft, then you’re considering the ornamental. But if the work doesn’t mean beyond its aesthetic fact, it might be dismissed as merely decorative. Photo by Chris Vitiello"Juliette the Baptist," acrylic, paper and polyester flowers on panel,...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Interaction without ego: sarah goetz's Just Between Us opens at Durham's Carrack Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The circle and the square. This phrase recalls Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man notebook drawing, in which he exemplifies the proportional relationship that the Roman architect Vitruvius asserted as optimally connecting man to the structures around him. Photo by Chris Vitiello"by how to each other we hold" (2012), suspended paper installation, sarah goetzDurham artist sarah goetz also uses circles and squares to foster connections in her multimedia installation Just Between Us, now on view at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery through June 7. For goetz, however, the connections are not architectural but aspire to be interpersonal. It would be difficult...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

[Updated] Durham City Council greenlights public art program

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

UPDATED: 10:48pm Monday, Nov. 21.File photo by D.L. AndersonJaume Plensa's light sculpture "Sleep No More," at its unveiling in December 2008.DURHAM—The Bull City is finally taking the public art plunge. The Durham City Council passed a resolution Monday night to devote up to one percent of the proposed General Capital Improvement Project (CIP) annual budget to the installation of public art at CIP sites and other locations around the city, including a priority area downtown and along "gateways" to the city. And it's been a long time coming. The percent-for-art program was flagged as a high-priority section of Durham's Cultural...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Notes on Durham Third Friday, Part 2: Image and idiosyncrasy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Although summer doesn’t end until the fall equinox in late September, August’s Third Friday in Durham uses the public impatience with the season as a springboard into fall. Tom Elrod already described some of the bounty of visual arts in an earlier post, but that was only the half of it. Lee Delegard's installation "Don't Touch the Ground" is at Golden Belt's Room 100 through Oct. 2.“The Nature of Drawing,” a show of india ink drawings by Ripley Whiteside and paint and graphite compositions by Mary Ann Anderson, opened at the Durham Art Guild's main gallery on the first floor...

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Discussing SPILL with artist Sarah Spencer White

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM

SPILL Installation by Sarah Spencer White Golden Belt Arts, Building 3, ROOM 100 Through Feb. 14 It took sculptor and ceramics artist Sarah Spencer White 18 months to hand-craft more than 100 individual pieces of earthenware for an exhibit at the Golden Belt gallery in downtown Durham. White's new installation, SPILL, references past and present handcrafted forms, and explores the shift between industrial and handmade, symbolic of the former Golden Belt's recent past as a functioning factory. SPILL asks us to meditate on what we expect from a vessel. Functionality or dysfunctionality? A sieve or a container? In a Q-and-A...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Dormant Raleigh warehouse breathes again in Made in USA show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell visited the Made in the USA exhibit in Raleigh prior to its official opening. She sends us this report. Empty warehouses haunt the landscapes of many North Carolina cities. Some have been renovated into funky apartments, art spaces and restaurants, while many others remain shuttered. On Friday, Oct. 2, a vacant warehouse at 320 S. Harrington in Raleigh-built in the days of the American Cotton Oil and Fertilizer Company-came to life....

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy First Friday: Made in USA opens tonight in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Here are some photos of the Made in USA exhibit, opening in Raleigh's warehouse district. It's one of the highlights of the First Friday tour, and it's happening at 320 S. Harrington St. We'll have a longer look from Rebekah Cowell soon, but here are a couple of photos taken by Carter Hubbard, co-curator of the exhibit. ...

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