21st Century Super Species: Jack-Dor is a mixed media rabbit stitched by Anne Lemanski to sci-fi dimensions of ten feet. Anne comments: "The 21st Century Super Species is a new breed of animal in reaction to extinction... As consumers, we need to acknowledge the need for balance, and renegotiate our constantly shifting relationship with the natural world." Meghan O'Connor's prints are masterfully drawn, sweet little birds that grab you with an "ahh". You smile as you rush up to admire all that cuteness, then suddenly, you are slammed by the subtle image of the birds tangled in electrical wires or scissoring their own wings.
According to Meghan, "Animals become a stand-in for the human figure and mechanical forms are metaphor for harmful systems of power. The level of detail within the forms is a representation of control; whereas the embossed layers of loose mark-making symbolize letting go... to evoke empathy toward the human condition and show that outside variables are ultimately out of our control." In contrast to Anne's and Meghan's definable mediums, Alice Sebrell builds sculpture utilizing eerie, grinning taxidermy forms combined with found objects. She then photographs her sculptures creating ghostly, floating images combined with text. Each photograph asks a question, "Where do you hide your affection? Where do you hide your beauty? Where do you hide your innocence?"
RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC.
Public reception: 6-9 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016.
For more information, contact:
Fleming Markel, Director
(864) 271-0679 or email
or visit www.gvltec.edu/dva/