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Student Spotlight: Nadia Blackmon

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Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.42.35 AMMy name is Nadia Blackmon and I am a senior in the Fine Arts program at Winthrop University. My concentration is general studio: fine art photography and printmaking with a minor in art history. After graduation in December 2013, I hope to move on to graduate school at the San Francisco Art Institute

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.41.54 AMfor photography, printmaking, and film making. It is my dream to not only work in gallery settings throughout my life, but to make a name for myself with my photographs, printmaking, experimental videography, and performance art.

Artist Statement:

Despite my four years of study, the crown of my work is still being pushed from the womb of my self-expression. My work attempts to find meaningful connections between my artistic evolution and my reality. I do not try to force a message on my audience, but rather I set up the narrative and give the audience the opportunity to deduce a meaning for themselves; no one perceives reality in quite the same way and I use that as a stepping stone in my work. Having said that, my work focuses partially on

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.43.49 AM human form and vulnerability and partially on the idea of action and reaction to auditory stimuli unknown to the audience but known to myself or to the subject. Shape and movement are important aspects of my work whether it be a visual representation of tangible form or intangible movement and sound. I aim to have the audience participate in my work, whether they are aware of it or not, with the use of candid photography, even within my posed works. The human figure is paramount to my work; there is a whole universe of feeling and form to be explored by studying abstract aspects of the human form and I hope to utilize that further in my work.

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Student Spotlight: Joy Brown

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Hometown: Columbia, S.C. High school: Dreher High School
Major: BA-Art Minor is: Entrepreneurship

SONY DSCWhat are your professional plans for the future?

I plan on being an art teacher.

In what ways has this program been beneficial in achieving your goals?

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This program pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It has taught me how to explore my creative side which I have not done before coming to Winthrop. I took art in public school but nobody really pushed me far beyond my talent except my teacher art Mr. Vandiver. The discipline and toughness that I have learned here will help me to teach the same discipline and toughness to my art students.

Honestly, I am very satisfied with the program as is but the only thing that I wish I could see more in this program is a diversity of teachers. Like for example, African American, Asian, or Hispanic teachers. Having different races of teachers brings more cultural differences into the classroom and it also allows for multiple perspectives of art.

What subject matter interests you most?
The subject matter that I am most interested in is humans, and quite frankly males for that matter. Growing up as a little kid, I began drawing pokemon and digimon and anything that had to do with people so now I enjoy drawing a realistic version of the human figure. Honestly, males are extremely more interesting to look at than females.
SONY DSCDo you ask/ answer questions in your work?
I try to remain silent mentally when I work and just listen to music. The more I think and analyze about a project or what I am doing then I tend to over think the project or I have an artists block. The way I work is that I have to remove my mind and entertain it with music, or movies, or something, so that my hands can take control over my work. This answer may sound odd, but asking myself questions while I am creating artwork disturbs my flow. I naturally don’t focus on what I am doing.
joybrownrajonrondoHow do you know when a work is finished?
I do not necessarily know when an artwork is finished. I tend to work for a certain amount of time and the closer it is to the due date then I consider it finished, no matter how finished it actually is. Fortunately, I unconsciously finish pieces without realizing that I have. For me, a state of being finished is determined by how much time that I have put into the piece.
1.”untitled”, medium: acrylic paint.
2. “untitled”, medium: acrylic paint.
3. “Elephant”, medium: mixed medium (color pencil, gesso, charcoal, photo transfer, graphite)
4.  “Rondo”, medium: mechanical pencil/graphite.

Tuesday November 5th Tremont Music Hall; 7pm

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71-atmdNik Turner was a founding member of Hawkwind, and a part of that group from 1969-1976, then again from 1981-1984. The music that Space Ritual performs is classic Hawkwind material, as well as brand new music in the same vein.Space Ritual was formed 2001AD, coalescing through time and space by populace demand, and psychic desire and need, to revive the lost magic, the true original spirit of ‘Hawkwind’, of which the band were all part, and ‘keepers of the flame’. The band play modern space/ rock/ jazzy/ dancy/ science/ fictional/ fantasy/ spiritual music, to heal and raise spirits, consciousness and awareness, promoting communication and good times, getting high without drugs, using multimedia sound/light/visual imagery to create extremely wild, whacky, mind boggling/blowing experience, each performance truly a happening.
SPINDRIFT

Spindrift

Cinematic Western-psych outfit Spindrift is nearing the end of their haunting “Ghost Town Tour.” The past few weeks found the group touring the Southwest in proper club dates as well as performing in actual standing ghost towns. Their visits to the remaining ruins of the old west included performances at the legendary Saloon no. 10 in Deadwood, SD and at the sight of the infamous gunfight at theO.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ.While playing to the ghostly spirits of each town, Spindrift also caught the attention of major media outlets, including Noisey who had a frank discussion at the prospect of such a tour with Kirpatrick Thomas (vocals/guitar) of the band as well as major newspapers on the tour route including The Salt Lake Tribune, The Arizona Daily Star, and The Albuquerque Journal. Prior to arriving in Arizona, theTucson Weekly noted that “the band sounds cinematic, expansive and eerie. And anyone who has seen the band perform live — they’ve performed in Tucson at least twice before — knows the trademark Spindrift sound is trippy, chill-inducing and rattlingly loud.” The “Ghost Town Tour” concluded with Spindrift’s show with Restavrant and RT & the 44’s at The Deer Lodge in Ojai, CA (presented by The New L.A. Folk Fest).The “Ghost Town Tour” has provided Spindrift the opportunity to perform material from their forthcoming album, Spindrift: Ghost of the West. The group is currently putting the finishing touches to the new full-length, tentatively due out in spring 2013. The album will also include footage filmed by Burke Roberts, JT Gurzi, and Rich Ragsdale that documents Spindrift’s ghostly encounters during the tour. While at the Gallows of Gold Point, NV, the band’s Kirpatrick Thomas (guitars/vocals) and Henry Evans (bass/baritone guitar) acted out the song “Hanging Me Tonight” by Marty Robbins for the film. A production still from the filming, taken by Howard Wise, can be seen above. Spindrift is also planning a spring tour leading up to an appearance at South By Southwest 2013.

In addition to new material, the “Ghost Town Tour” also found Spindrift performing songs from the soundtrack for Ward Robert’s neo-western epic Dust Up. Spindrift’s score for the film contains both instrumental pieces and full on songs, indulging in the band’s talent for both sun-soaked desert rock and cinema themes. Both the film and Spindrift’s soundtrack are available via iTunes, Amazon and all other digital retailers. The film is also currently available on DVD.

The band’s music will next appear in the feature film Treasure of the Black Jaguar, slated to be released in theaters on January 9th, 2013.

LITTLE BULL LEE

Little Bull Lee

Little Bull Lee have traveled a long and weary path, beginning with its lone creator, Donald Doolittle in 2008. Prematurely interrupted by a 6 month hike on the Appalachian Trail, a wayward Doolittle resurfaced his project in 2010 with Blake Raynor on bass, Noah Warner on guitar and David Ulloa on drums, giving birth to a whole new monster. Loud, slow and sludgy, Little Bull Lee was the aggressive onslaught of Doolittle’s experiences both on and off the trail. However, it wasn’t long before LBL’s leader found himself at the mercy of his personal anguish yet again. In a second dramatic attempt to face and conquer his afflictions, Doolittle cycled from the east to west coast with his brother in 2011. Upon his return, the project took on an entirely new façade. Under the same name, and in Warner’s absence, Raynor, Ulloa and Doolittle gave new meaning to Little Bull Lee. Louder, darker, groovier and wet with psychedlia, they added Austin Nevels on guitar in late 2012 and finally gained the momentum to propel them full speed ahead.As Doolittle’s experiment initially served as his aural confrontation with a number of personal demons, the band’s reformation prevails as a triumph against the darkness with which he struggled. Blunt, raw passion overflows when this brutal four piece takes the stage. Each performance is a chaotic journey from beginning to end. Little Bull Lee’s intensity dominates their surroundings and captivates their audience with bewitching force. Waves of distortion crash at their feet as the walls around them fall victim to their massive, unrelenting sound.With a strong sense of dedication and determination, Little Bull Lee are moving forward with incredible momentum. Undone Sun, a demo recorded by Charlotte’s legendary Jesse Classen, is currently LBL’s only available recording. While the band and their fans eagerly await the release of their first full-length album, The End, planned for spring 2013, the guys are wasting no time getting back into the studio. Having recently been recruited to join Shoplifter Booking’s roster, the guys have a number of tour dates in the works and are eager to get on the road. In the meantime, whiskey is sipped and smoke exhaled as this rugged victor leads his pack steady into the night.

PERFORMANCE ART BY: SINERGISMO

performance art by: Sinergismo

Sinergismo is a multi-disciplinary collaborative performance art ensemble comprised of professional dancers, visual artists, poets, and musicians; including Winthrop Alumni Gretchen Jax, Jon Prichard, and Brittney Prichard along with BFA Sculpture student Connor Clinch on a mission to make innovative and inspiring art. Peruse our gallery and history to explore our work.

Tremont Music Hall

400 W. Tremont Ave.
Charlotte, NC

Tickets  $12

7:00 PM

Join us for the Senior Photography Exhibition, Hart Witzen Gallery, April 19th

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MOMENTARY CONCLUSIONS

Senior Photography Exhibition / Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts

Hart Witzen Gallery

136 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC  28206
Friday, April 19th
6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.

Map/Directions

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Winthrop University’s Senior Photography majors explore a broad range of imagery using techniques from historic albumen prints to digital projections, and address the integral role that photography plays in each of the artists’ lives.

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Featuring the following students:

  • Dale Bridges:  “My work revolves around the human body and the fluidity I see in it. I look for glamor and beauty in all of my work and achieve this through the models and lighting I use. This series is a combination of the things I enjoy about portraiture and photography and strives to explore the human body and the emotions an image can convey.”
  • Hannah Mounce:  “My series ‘Where is My Mind’ is a commentary on our growing fascination with television’s false reality, and explores the obsessive tendencies people exhibit under its influence. The work is on color transparency film, digitized through scanning and framed with scraps of electronics; reinforcing the fact that we cannot deny living in the modern digital age.”
  • Sommer Moya-Mendez:  “I enjoy working with people I know. This series documents the people I work with at a local home improvement store. It is a reflection on where my life is now, and how I view those who are close to me. The images will be broken up into small Polaroid lifts; representing the fragments of my life and moving on.”
  • Kathryn Sanders:  “My work for this series concentrates on the movement of a liquid substance dispersing through water. The motion and shapes created by the dispersal of the liquids are hypnotic and otherworldly. In order to enhance and capture these traits, I used very vibrant color enriched through the use of a UV light. The abstract nature of the images also lends itself to multiple interpretations as to what these image could possibly mean or contain within them.”
  • Chelsea Walker:  “My work is contrasted in two series. The first investigates the movement and rhythm of the human body by experimenting with long exposures and color filters. The second explores the activity of the natural world found in bugs. Each creature has its own unique continuation through life. My work aims to examine the locomotive similarities and differences that can occur between living things.”
  • Rebecca JacobsRebecca Jacobs:  “Over the years I have found myself continually drawn to the same subject matter—finding small, hidden parts of daily reality that to me are metaphors for emotional and mental sensations.  ‘Affinity’ explores qualities of light and dark, such as how light piercing through a window or being reflected on a wall creates its own world. I hope to convey to the viewer the experience of seeing physical spaces express emotional places.”
  • Zach NeSmith:  “I am creating conceptual works in .gif format that study the relationship between memes, the internet, information technology and multimedia imaging. They are an exploration of photography and moving images in the age of information technology. Subject matter ranges from the comical, surreal, to abstract glitch art, as well as more traditional, reflective pieces.”
  • James Still:  “Objects, in the process of serving their utilitarian functions, often take on certain attributes that distinguish that object from another. The chair is the ultimate tool for comfort, and they are normally connected to the people that will eventually sit in them.  When something inhuman is found on a chair we can tell right away that something isn’t right.  This combo of chair and object sets up an almost comedic portrait highlighting the disconnect between the human world and the tools that inhabit it.”

          

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Hart Witzen, 136 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.

For a Map and Parking Info, CLICK HERE.  Parking is located next to the building.

For further information, please contact the Hart Witzen Gallery at 704.334.1177.

Photographer Professor Spotlight: Mark Hamilton

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Mark Hamilton / Photographer Mark Hamilton / Photographer

Born 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, Mark Hamilton’s interest in photography began with hours looking at the great picture magazines of the sixties: Bazaar, Life, Look, and Vogue. The first camera he owned was Canon rangefinder purchased with Christmas money from his parents at Camera Barn on Broadway in NYC. A family vacation to Germany in the seventies started with the purchase of an Exakta VX1000 camera in Frankfurt. The next few months were spent documenting his travels in Europe while visiting his uncle’s family stationed in Germany with the Army. While pursuing studies in architecture at Brooklyn Technical High School, an instructor suggested a career in photography stating, “that you have had more experiences in your life at sixteen than most people who are in their thirties.” Maybe it was the suggestion of a life path from an authority figure, or just stubbornness that led him to join the Marine Corps, flee home, and the turmoil of parents going through a divorce. Purchasing a Asahi Spotmatic camera at a pawnshop while waiting at a bus stop in Okinawa, Japan, his off duty time was filled with taking and printing photographs at the base hobby shop. The purchase of several cameras in Japan led to the acquisition of a Nikon F2AS professional camera. His next duty station was Marine Barracks in Rota, Spain where he spent the next four years teaching himself lighting and studio skills. His photos were spotted on the walls of the base dining facility where he worked as a cook. Transferred to the base photographic unit and as a self-taught photographer led a team of 22 photographers in various photographic assignments with the Naval Atlantic Fleet Audio Visual Command. He returned to New York City after the military enrolled in the new photo program at Parsons School of Design led by Benedict J. Fernandez, the former personal photographer of Martin Luther King Jr. Mark left Parsons after one year to pursue a professional career. His photo work for the schools public relations department led to assignments with Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Fernandez offered a few classes for him to teach at the New School for Social Research to financially assist his pursuits. Early assignments were for Cole of California with Eleanor Lambert Public Relations and New York Apparel News.  It was his work with editor Bridget Foley at Apparel News Group that caught the eye of her new employer Woman’s Wear Daily. Foley’s introduction to the staff at WWD opened the doors to assignment work at WWD, W & M magazines and work with Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, Cynthia Rowley, Malcon Forbes, Frank Stella, Ralph Lauren, Michael Graves, Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, among others. Shooting the New York Collections with editors Etta Froio, Bobbi Queen, Bridget Foley, Ruth LaFerla, and Karyn Monget provided an education in fashion that led to opening a commercial studio and the confidence to explore the market in Milan and published work with Italian publications Amica & Annabella. Representation followed from the Asian markets when he signed with MEGAPRESS in Tokyo. Mark was asked to teach at the School of Visual Arts by Photography Chair, Alice Beck-Odette while maintaining the studio in NYC.  Hamilton left New York City after maintaining the studio for over a decade. A move to North Carolina began a change to personal projects and a return to the study of fine arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; pursuing primarily painting at first, along with work in Religion and Women’s Studies. Mark’s first fine art projects debuted at the Blue Pony Gallery in Charlotte. He received an invitation from the Union of Students Artists to speak about his work at Winthrop University. The talk that evening led to an invitation by Phil Moody to teach at Winthrop University in a part-time capacity as a lecturer.  Several years later Mark started teaching in a full-time role and is presently a tenured Professor of Fine Arts at Winthrop University. Mark pursues personal fine arts projects and collaborative projects (www.jenniferandmarkhamilton.com) with photographer Jennifer Hamilton, along with commercial projects for select clientele.

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INTERVIEW BY JAMIE COTTON:for more info please visit http://www.baja.org/sensuousline/sline0798/jcotton.htm

J.C.: Are you trying to convey an emotion or capture an emotion through your photography?

M.H.: Convey an emotion.  Basically, all of the pieces shown came out of two recent shows.   They convey my state of mind–even the titles of the shows. One (title)was “Introspections, Intuitions, and Interrogations,” which was how I felt over the last three to four years.   After I left New York, I took an introspective look at myself, trying to express things that I knew intuitively, but as a visual artist, I couldn’t verbalize. The interrogative was the many questions I had.  With many of the projects I work on, I don’t necessarily know what the questions are, but they’re revealed through the work. Three or four months later, I can look back and see the state of mind I was in and totally understand where the image came from. But there isn’t a deliberate attempt to look for any  meaning at the moment.

J.C.: Explain to me your process, as far as working with the model.

M.H.: Usually, all the people I work with are people I’ve run into just in my daily life–maybe someone who works at a book store or someone I’ve met through a mutual friend. Usually, it (choosing a model) comes out of three or four conversations I’ve had with that person. I’m not really interested in the physical attribmark4utes of that person.  I’m much more interested in where their head is. I try to find some type of bond–a   similarity in our lives and experiences. Through a dialogue, we discover this bond.   To be honest with you, after working for so  many years with models, now most of the work I do isn’t with models.

J.C.: Why is it important to you to convey an emotional state through a photograph?

M.H.: I can look at other people’s art work and get a sense of their emotional state, and a relationship is formed. Sometimes, as an artistic person, you can feel very alienated from the world in general, and, to a certain extent, that kinship or bond you feel with other people’s work lets you know you’re not alone.

J.C.: So you want to form a bond with the viewer?

M.H.: Yes, and hopefully they’ll experience some of those same emotions and disband some of that isolation that we all feel in this world.

J.C.: Earlier, you mentioned a spiritual sense within your work.  Explain  more about what you meant by that.

Mark Hamilton / PhotographerM.H.: Like a lot of people, I don’t profess to be of any particular religion, but I do have a great sense of the mysterium tremendum, “the great mystery.”  It’s there and we all experience it.  Also, there’s another quote about art that says it’s about learning to find the God within your self.  There is that great mystery inside all of us, and that is the spiritual.

J.C.: What is it that is essential about working with the nude figure in order to create the idea of the spirit?

M.H.: I think that mostly we judge people by what their clothes are.  We form preconceptions about what their values are, as well as what their tastes are, their education level, etc. You can’t do that if there are no clothes, so there’s a certain purity in that.  Basically, you’re stripped down to just yourself.

J.C.: What, essentially, did you discover about yourself?Mark Hamilton / Photographer

M.H.: I’ve discovered a lot of things.  I like myself a lot more. Once I moved down here and made the transition, I finally became comfortable considering myself an artist.

J.C.: …and a teacher?

M.H.: Yes, an educator.  I taught part-time while I was in New York, and I enjoyed that, but I enjoy it down here more. In New York, I was teaching craft only, and now with all the experiences I’ve had, I teach the craft as quickly as possible and try to instill more in my students.  I believe it was Chekhov who said, “If you want to work on your art, work on your life.” So that’s what I try to get them to do. It’s all about finding out what you’re afraid of and overcoming that.  It starts and ends with you–not money or success or anything else.  Find yourself through your life and your art, and find the God that dwells there.

Bio from markhamiltonstudio.com, please view for more images and exhibitions.

Closing Reception, Wednesday Night, at The Loading Dock: Commensality

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You are cordially invited to the Closing Reception for Commensality,

A show featuring Winthrop Student Artwork that relates to the theme of food, togetherness, or both.

Featuring:
Greyson Smith
Josiah Blevins
Sam Oliver
Erica Hoelper
Bryanna Smith
Laura Stanger

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

9:15pm until 11:00pm

The Loading Dock Gallery

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The Loading Dock Gallery is on the first floor of the Getty’s Art Center in Downtown Rock Hill.   It is run through the Arts Council of York County and Winthrop Students.

Getty’s Art Ctr
201 E Main St,1st Fl
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 328-2787

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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ANDREW DAVIS

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Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Andrew Davis and I am a Graduate Assistant majoring in Sculpture at Winthrop University.
• What’s integral to the work of an artist?
A strong work ethic, an open mind, and the ability to distance yourself from your work in terms of critique.

• What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are able to play whatever role they feel they need to assume; whether it is a vehicle for social change or a creator of aesthetics.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• What has been a seminal experience?
Attending 4 hour life drawing classes as an undergraduate really served to underscore the amount of work and dedication needed to come away with a successful portfolio.
• Explain what you do.
I explore material. Much of my recent work has striven to combine the aesthetic with the utilitarian.
• How has your practice changed over time?
As an undergrad my work consisted of formal and spatial interactions. My current work takes the aesthetic discipline I developed during my work at Brevard College and injects the associations with context and function of material.

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

• What work do you enjoy doing the most?
I love the feeling of isolation that comes along with welding.
• What is your favorite artwork?
When I saw Robert Morris’ Untitled felt work at the High Museum I had to stop and catch my breath for a while.
• Why art?
I never made the decision to be an artist. I still have trouble associating myself with that terminology. To me artists are the people that we had slide presentations about in high school. When I received my diploma and was accepted to Brevard I had no aspirations of becoming an “artist”. I declared Art as a major because I couldn’t think of anything else. It seemed to make sense at the time. Honestly, after my first semester of undergrad I was having second thoughts about my choices. That changed when I took 3-dimensional design. I felt much more engaged with the work that I was making and it was so easy to get lost in the process.
• Is the life of an artist lonely?
Only if you spend all day cramped up in a studio by yourself. One of the things that drew me to sculpture was the inherent communal quality of it. People interact. Often times you are struck with the inability to accomplish something on your own, like moving a heavy piece of metal. I don’t think one can underestimate the benefits of the shared studio dynamic.
• What advice would you give to your younger self?
Going to school for art isn’t about making successful work, it is about learning how to make work successful.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Should art be funded and if so what role does it play?
Public funding for the arts serves artists’ communities in a very real and literal way. My hometown of Greenville saw a revitalization of the downtown area that accompanied a large amount of arts development. However, it is the symbolic statement that arts’ funding gives that is so much more important. I think people both in and out of government realize that the arts give back to their community in tangible and intangible ways. Arts funding is very much a statement that communities value those results.

• Artists that you would like to be compared to?
Isamu Noguchi, Martin Puryear, and David Nash among many others.
• What is your professional goal?
I (eventually) want to teach in higher education.

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• One thing you couldn’t live without?
Sriracha

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis