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Exhibitions

Lynne Clibanoff | Inside Out

Edward Rice | Beyond Depiction

Edward Rice | Beyond Depiction

Joe Karlovec | Private Property

Leo Twiggs | Resilience


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Lynne Clibanoff | Inside Out
June 22 – September 4, 2021

Lynne Clibanoff (b. 1944, Philadelphia, PA) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art in 1967, where she had the good fortune to study sculpture with Natalie Charkow and printmaking with Jerome Kaplan. Clibanoff has been making prints (serigraphs and etchings), photographs (gelatin silver prints) and sculpture (paper and wood constructions) for more than 50 years. Much of this work has been shown nationally in gallery and museum exhibitions, including a 2003 25-year retrospective here at the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.

Inside Out features a selection of 17 paper-and-wood constructions of interior spaces in which Clibanoff has lived, worked, studied and admired, from Philadelphia to Ireland and Italy. A Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship enabled Clibanoff to work for several months in 2004 and again in 2006 in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland, where she found inspiration in the buildings designed by Peter Maxwell, the foundation’s co-founder. It was from drawings made since 2004 – many of which were begun during her Ballinglen Fellowship – that the artist’s three-dimensional work evolved. These “intimately scaled, vacant interiors are intended to convey the complexity and mystery of their subjects,” remarks Clibanoff. In addition to sculpture, Inside Out includes two large-scale drawings that evolved into 3D constructions, as well as 13 drawn portraits of the artist’s family and friends wearing pandemic masks hand-made by Clibanoff, which are meant to document the experience of this challenging time. Collectively, the work invites viewers to reflect on the past unprecedented year during which people from all over the world have endured life confined to their homes and been confronted with faces protected and disguised by face coverings. It is perhaps the minimalism and emptiness of the 3D spaces Clibanoff has created combined with the partially revealed faces in her portraits that create a sense of tension and uncertainty to which we can all relate. And yet, beneath it all is an incredible sense of beauty, order, care and curiosity for viewers to both enjoy and explore.

Clibanoff’s work is represented in many public collections, including the Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Edward Rice | Beyond Depiction
June 15 – September 4, 2021

Edward Rice (b. 1953) of North Augusta, SC, paints both the mundane and the exceptional architectural delights of the South – mostly hailing from his native small town along the South Carolina-Georgia border. His meticulous works capture both the likeness and essence of his subjects, which may include whole buildings or details, such as cornices or windows. It is Rice’s ability to present the viewer with an everyday object in such a way that forces them to stop and see it with a renewed sense of understanding that pushes his work beyond mere depiction. David Houston (Director, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art) remarked in 2011 that “the most fundamental issue at the center of his mature work [is] the tension between perception and representation.” One can recognize not only the laborious nature of Rice’s carefully planned and executed painting process, but also the extraordinary sense of character and familiarity he bestows upon his subjects. “My work, dependent as it is on close observation, has led me always to strive not to overlook the everyday,” remarks Rice.

Beyond Depiction features 25 architectural images spanning the last 26 years of Rice’s career. Rice is the recipient of a South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Regional Fellowship and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award. His work has been exhibited widely and is housed in numerous museum collections, including the Columbia Museum of Art, Gibbes Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art and South Carolina State Museum in South Carolina; the Georgia Museum of Art and Morris Museum of Art in Georgia, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.

Edward Rice | Beyond Depiction
June 15 – September 4, 2021

Edward Rice (b. 1953) of North Augusta, SC, paints both the mundane and the exceptional architectural delights of the South – mostly hailing from his native small town along the South Carolina-Georgia border. His meticulous works capture both the likeness and essence of his subjects, which may include whole buildings or details, such as cornices or windows. It is Rice’s ability to present the viewer with an everyday object in such a way that forces them to stop and see it with a renewed sense of understanding that pushes his work beyond mere depiction. David Houston (Director, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art) remarked in 2011 that “the most fundamental issue at the center of his mature work [is] the tension between perception and representation.” One can recognize not only the laborious nature of Rice’s carefully planned and executed painting process, but also the extraordinary sense of character and familiarity he bestows upon his subjects. “My work, dependent as it is on close observation, has led me always to strive not to overlook the everyday,” remarks Rice.

Beyond Depiction features 25 architectural images spanning the last 26 years of Rice’s career. Rice is the recipient of a South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Regional Fellowship and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award. His work has been exhibited widely and is housed in numerous museum collections, including the Columbia Museum of Art, Gibbes Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art and South Carolina State Museum in South Carolina; the Georgia Museum of Art and Morris Museum of Art in Georgia, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.

Joe Karlovec | Private Property
June 8 – September 4, 2021

Artist Joe Karlovec (b. 1986, Columbus, OH) lives and works in south Florida. He received his BFA in Interior Architecture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and briefly studied Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University before receiving an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. His interest and background in architecture, painting and landscape architecture inspires his recent body of work, which consists of 12 large-scale textile installations featuring photographic details of architectural spaces, landscapes and paintings. As Karlovec states, “I make textiles about landscape urbanism and postmodern architecture.” Using a jacquard loom, Karlovec is able to weave his photographic images into textiles. He then hand cuts his fiber imagery and reconstructs them into multi-layered fiber collages that seemingly undulate with a maze of interiors, facades and outdoor areas that form a large and winding, visually stunning space – albeit some of the objects and spaces often contradict one another. Beckoned by the towering scale of the textiles to explore the picture plane, the viewer may find themselves considering their own relationships with the places in which they live and work, as well as their surrounding environments.

With the past year having been speckled with quarantines and lockdowns, we’ve all been made very aware of our surroundings at home and the ways in which we utilize and interact with our interior and exterior spaces. We are creatures of habit, and we tend to overlook settings that are familiar to us, keeping visual records of them in our minds. We get used to the arrangement of our decor and the ways in which our spaces are situated and tend to leave them unchanged for long spans of time. But how many of us decided to redecorate or rearrange rooms in our homes while confined to them for over the course of a year? Close examination of and focus on the aesthetics of personal space and property and how it can be adapted and readapted to accommodate our physical and emotional needs is a key component of Karlovec’s work. His textile installations are intended to be reconstructed into new formations whenever the artist sees fit. Designed with flexibility in mind, the installations are not meant to remain static and can be changed into entirely new compositions, arguably making the work sustainable as “new” for years to come.

Leo Twiggs | Resilience
Through August 28, 2021

Leo Twiggs (b. 1934, St. Stephen, SC) of Orangeburg, SC, is an esteemed batik artist. His work often speaks to personal life experiences, trials and tribulations that in many ways are universal while, at the same time, offers a sense of hope, renewal and resilience with the brilliance of his palette, composition, iconography and dynamism. Over the course of his over-50-year career, Twiggs has developed his own innovative technique for painting his batiks, setting his work apart – and making it highly recognizable – from the traditional medium. With over 75 one-man shows, Twiggs’ work has received international recognition.

Resilience will feature 30 works spanning Twiggs’ career with the earliest included batiks dating to 1969 – Blue Wall and Woman with Fan, both from the artist’s collection. Twiggs’ oeuvre is completed in series, most of which will be represented in exhibition. The Mother Image series is a recurring theme in Twiggs’ work. Mostly made up of silhouettes of children and grandmothers – Twiggs had a strong connection with his grandmother – Mother Image speaks to the universal theme of the bond between mother and child and the things we yearn for most from a mother figure: protection and love. His Commemoration series is a commentary on the South’s engrossment with the Confederate flag, while the Targeted Man series remarks on social intimidation experienced by targeted groups, such as the African-American community by the Ku Klux Klan. Twiggs’ East Wind Suite: The Hugo Series is an exploration of the strength of those forced to rebuild their lives after the devastating 1989 hurricane, Hugo, that struck our coastal Carolina community, stripping so many of their homes and life as they knew it. One of his more recent series, Mother Emanuel, is a memorial to the nine lives lost in a racially charged mass shooting at an AME church in Charleston, SC.

Twiggs’ art speaks across social boundaries and has the ability to spark dialogue within ourselves and with each other. With each obstacle addressed in his series – whether it be segregation, a natural disaster or a mass shooting – the artist finds a way to present and inspire hope, beauty and new perspectives that speak to the idea of resilience.

Twiggs received his BA Summa Cum Laude from Claflin University in Orangeburg and later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his MA from New York University, where he studied with Hale Woodruff, the acclaimed African-American painter and muralist. In 1970, he became the first African-American student to receive a doctorate of arts in art education from the University of Georgia. Twiggs went on to create the first fine arts degree program at South Carolina State University, where he was named Professor Emeritus in 2000. He was the first visual artist to receive the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award (1981) for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina, and in 2020, he was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Leo Twiggs | Resilience is generously sponsored by Bank of America.

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