if ART Gallery presents
@Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St, Columbia, SC
Glossary: Untitled Paintings
December 7 – 24, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours December 7 – 19: Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. & by appointment
Gallery Hours December 20 – 24: Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.; other days by appointment or good fortune.
if ART Gallery will present two simultaneous solo exhibitions, December 7 – 24, 2012, at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC: Dorothy Netherland: Velveteen and Tom Stanley: Glossary – Untitled Paintings. The artists’ reception is Friday, December 7, 5 – 9 p.m.
In his seven large new paintings, Tom Stanley (b. 1950) presents somewhat of a glossary of his visual language of the past two decades. In doing so, he is taking his process a step further from his habitual recycling of imagery. The Rock Hill, S.C., artist and chair of the Winthrop University art department tends to build on visual language of previous work to create new, free-floating narratives. This process has given Stanley’s rather wide-ranging body of work considerable consistency, making the paintings easily identifiable.
The glossary element of his most recent paintings “is deliberate only to the extent that these images, or related images, are what I know,” Stanley says. “I do try to approach them in new ways so they have the opportunity to say something new on the surface of the canvas. It is about discovering what is next.”
Charleston, S.C., artist Dorothy Netherland (b. 1962) in her previous paintings on glass featured imagery drawn from 1950s and ’60s women’s magazines to address “domesticity and family drama and the expectations we have of motherhood.” She explored the impact her upbringing had on her. In her most recent work, Netherland is taking a similar approach but turning the tables. On herself. In the Femme Fatal and Velveteen series she frets about what she might be doing to her 10-year-old daughter. “My daughter eventually will come to her own conclusions about whether or not she was provided with a strong enough foundation to negotiate the confusing world around her, a world where increasing emphasis is placed on the surface,” Netherland says. “What she has learned about herself so far will influence how she responds to the big choices ahead. My past is being imposed on her, just as the strengths, shortcomings and limitations of my own parents profoundly affected my life.”
Netherland was the 2011 Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year. Her most recent solo exhibitions were at Georgia College, Mercer University and Savannah’s Desotorow Gallery, all in Georgia; Scoop Studios in Charleston; and Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, organized by if ART, in Columbia. She has shown in group exhibitions in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany, Rochester, NH, and Greenwood, SC, as well as at Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, if ART Gallery, and at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, S.C. Netherland’s work was included in the 2004 S.C. Triennial at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia. She received a BFA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Stanley is among South Carolina premier artists, art teachers, curators and administrators. He was included in the 2004 S.C. Triennial at the S.C. State Museum; Triennial Revisited at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C.; and the S.C. State Museum’s recent Abstract Art in South Carolina, 1949–2012. He has exhibited throughout the Southeastern Unites States and elsewhere in the country and in Berlin, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Paris, France. Stanley has created several public art projects in South and North Carolina.