CURRENCIES: REAL AND IMAGINED November 22 to January 11 Opening reception: November 22, 6 to 9 PM
Join us for the Opening Reception for Currencies, an
exhibition by Core Visual Art; a collective of six former Affiliate Artists at
McColl Center for Visual Art, who work both individually and collaboratively.
opening reception, visitors will be invited to participate in a large,
interactive performance work in which the art, the artists and visitor’s
interactions merge to create something new informed by themes of
contemporaneity – current time and space, flow and exchange—highlighting the
nature of the creative process.
The members of Core include: Daniel Allegrucci, Crista
Camarroto, Diane Hughes, Ashley Lathe, Laura McCarthy and Felicia van Bork.
ALSO OPENING THE CONVERGENCE OF THE TWAIN 2nd & 3rd Floors
Showcasing the work of 11-month Affiliate
Artist-in-Residence, Linda Luise Brown and Wesley Mancini Artist-in-Residence,
Jason Watson, spans the second and third floor of the Center and features large
wall murals and painting installations made specifically in response to the
building's architectural eccentricities.
The title of the show makes reference to a poem by Thomas
Hardy, and suggests the surprising formal connections that develop when art
from two distinct aesthetic approaches mixes and collides in the same visual
space.Brown and Watson have their own
unique approaches to painting and drawing; one being abstract, the other
utilizing figure drawing as a motivating force.
1st Floor continued: CHARLOTTE FUNDRED INITIATIVE: Fundred drop-off site
RECAP exhibition kicks off the Charlotte Fundred Initiative, one of the
main projects developed during Chin’s residency. Developed as a model
for the national Fundred project, the Charlotte Fundred Initiative is a
multi-tiered plan for creating awareness about lead poisoning and
promoting participation in the Fundred Dollar Bill Project as a way to
be part of the solution. Activities during Chin’s residency included
Center staff and Chin’s studio working with locally-based SmartLab to
create a Public Service Announcement. Featuring students from J.M.
Robinson Middle Schools, the three minute, thirty-second video will be
on view during the RECAP exhibition in addition to being distributed
through area schools and local media venues. Accompanying the PSA is a
curriculum-supporting lesson plan also developed by Center staff and
Chin’s studio. The lesson plans are available to educators to get their
students involved in the Fundred project through the upcoming fall
semester, even at after the exhibition, as Fundreds continue to be
collected by the Center, headquarters of the Charlotte Fundred
Initiative. Visitors to RECAP will be among the first to have the
opportunity to add their voice to the project by making their own
Fundred Dollar Bill “art work” and adding it to the walls of the
Also helping to spread the word on Fundreds as part
of the Charlotte Fundred Initiative are community partners such as
LeadSafe Charlotte, who will also have an informational booth at the
opening on June 28, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who are partners
in disseminating the PSA and lesson plans. Also in the works is a
Fundred app produced in collaboration with an area app developer at
Typefoo who started working with Chin during his residency this spring.
Center has been fortunate to have so many active community partners on
the Charlotte Fundred Initiative,” says Lisa Hoffman, Director of
Environmental Program and Community Engagement. “From Mel’s lecture at
UNCC to his appearance on Start Something, WGIV 103.3FM’s
community-based radio program promoting service to mankind and arts
& creativity, Mel’s work has clearly hit a meaningfully resonant
tone in our community.”