Where to go
We’re looking forward to Louisiana-based artist Kevin Kennedy’s exhibition at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, opening 6-8 p.m. Feb. 2. Kennedy creates beautiful three-dimensional objects that seem to play up inherent oppositions. Constructed of simple materials such as wood, paper and string, Kennedy’s works seem to play with the idea of opposition. Works may be simultaneously both organic and geometric, rigid and loose, large-scale yet delicate.
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What to do
Go to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) to see “12 X 12: 12 Artists from the 12th State.” One of the HappeningsCLT team was part of the panel responsible for selecting the initial group of artists. These artists exhibited their work at SECCA in 2016-2017 as part of a pop-up artist salon series. Now, they will be presented for the first time in a group exhibition opening Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m. Artists represent just some of the styles, techniques, and diversity of North Carolina artists. Exhibiting artists are Elizabeth Alexander, Endia Beal, Martha Clippinger, Bill Fick, Mijoo Kim, Beverly McIver, Katy Mixon, Kirsten Stolle, Bob Trotman, Hong-An Truong, Lee Walton and Pinar Yoldas.
Where to go
Dr. Michael Harris continues to guest curate exhibitions at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, including By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, opening on Feb. 3 during a Community Opening from 10am-5pm. Selected works were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. The exhibition features sculptures, sketches, oils, acrylics, paintings and collages by well-known artists including Betye Saar, Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Howardena Pindell and others.
Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.