Beth Melton ’03, ‘10
Tuesday, March 11, 8 p.m.
Beth Melton holds a 2003 B.F.A. and a 2010 M.F.A. from Winthrop. She lives and works in her hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. where she manages Follow the Thread Fiber Studio as a professional artist. Beth has been recognized with a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship; by 701 Center for Contemporary Art with its first residency and exhibition; and by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville with a Graduate Research Grant to study the work of Anni Albers at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany Conn.
Don’t forget to come to the reception this Friday! Please join us this Friday for the reception!
Hometown and High school.
Heidi is from Inman, SC and went to Boiling Springs High School and Elli is from Columbia, Chapin High School.
Major and concentration.
Heidi and Elli are both getting their BFA in printmaking and painting.
Explain your creative process and creative process.
We started off with the idea of making collages and do a bunch of them and have them all a consistent size (4”x4”). Most of the pieces were collage and transfers and occasionally used Sharpie. The title “Sonder” was part of this collaboration from the beginning. It means “concurrently in your life everyone around you is living an equally vibrant life as you are.” I think this relates well with collage because we were taking so many images from so many sources and combining them into a world. It was important for the collages to cover the walls from ceiling to floor because the overwhelming and unified atmosphere of the entire room was very important. It was more about creating an environment than seeing one particular collage. When viewers saw each collage was for sale for only $5 then they began to look at each individual piece to see if there was one they would like to buy.
How long did it take you to complete this installation?
It took each of us 480 hours to create and install and uninstall all 2,480 collages.
Do you have feedback on how this program has helped you achieve your goals?
Elli – This program has been life changing. High school was so limited in what I learned. In my last painting I took my own ideas and combined them with the color knowledge from previous classes. I took a contour drawing of a model and used it as a starting point for another project.
Heidi – The professors are dependable and supportive. I learned a strong work ethic from being here and how to put more time into my work. The professors helped give us resources for out collaboration.
In what way could it be better?
This collaboration was mostly collage and there is not really a mixed media course available.
Assistant Professor of Art
Cleveland State Community College
Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m.
APPROVED CULTURAL EVENT
Mark McLeod is a 2002 Winthrop BFA graduate in sculpture and holds a MFA from Syracuse University. His hometown is Sumter, S.C., but he currently lives in Cleveland, Tenn. where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Cleveland State Community College.
BFA alum Brent Owens has a solo exhibition titled For Thinkin’ Long and Dark at English Kills Art Gallery, in Bushwick, N.Y., 114 Forrest St. #1, February 22 – March 30, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for February 22, from 6-9 pm.
English Kills is pleased to present For Thinkin’ Long and Dark, Brent Owens’ third solo exhibition of new work with the gallery.
For Thinkin’ Long and Dark showcases the culmination of a chapter of the artist’s life and work marked by metaphysical thinking and existential query: works that possess a rich, dark timbre, yet are saturated with the candor, humor, and pathos that typify Owens’ work.
The works in the exhibition cover themes ranging from tropical tourism to the age old practice of blood sacrifice. Sexuality, gender roles, wizardry, and mythology alike are addressed, all with a tone of tomfoolery as well as a sense of the gravity borne by these topics in the way of existential underpinnings.
Delving further into the synthesis of woodcraft and popular culture that has become a defining attribute of Owens’ career to date, the artist has continued to develop his signature technique of router carving plywood “carpet paintings.” This series has expanded in the last year in scale and color exploration, and with increased variety of image and subject matter.
In addition, the exhibition finds Owens discovering new combinations of classic woodcraft with applications from the domestic sphere. The miscellany of auto culture, party favors, and body modifications are joined with natural and carved wooden forms in a series of new sculptures that operate in a domestic surrealist fashion. The corporeality of their wooden construction grounds the ideological shifts in these sculptures, from brooding nightmare to rollicking wet dream.
Landscape Designer, Philadelphia
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.
Joey Hays is a 2003 Winthrop BFA graduate in general studio. Hays also holds a BS in mathematics from Winthrop. His hometown is Atlanta, but he currently lives in Philadelphia where he works as landscape designer at OLIN. Hays holds MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MLA from the University of Virginia where he received an ASLA Student Merit Award in 2012.