Objects in Perspective
Charlotte-based artists Natalie Abrams and Aspen Hochhalter do not make artworks together – they create separate bodies of work that are in conversation with each other. It is a rich, seamless collaboration.
Abrams, who has developed unique ways of working with wax, makes undulating ribbons, silky pools and other forms that are clearly inspired by nature, but are also clearly works of artifice.
Hochhalter, who works in the wet plate collodion process, an early photography technique, reinterprets Abrams’ works, in essence returning them to nature. In Hochhalter’s large prints (as well as the small glass negatives from which they are made), Abrams wax configurations look as if they are in primeval forests or under a microscope.
Ross galleries, Central Piedmont Community College; blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries; 704-330-6211; through Nov 6.
Michaela Pilar Brown
The work of Michaela Pilar Brown, a Columbia-based artist, is not didactic. Instead, Brown creates a mood – or more accurately, a cascade of emotion.
Among the varied works in the show, two groups stand out. There are photographs of the artist as she is categorized by others – as a sensual, knife-wielding creature, but also as someone oppressed due to race, gender or her mere presence in a war-mongering world.
In contrast are a series of houses. Some of these simple black structures are suspended, and one is ominously situated in a bed of crushed glass. Some bear the lyrics to the gospel song “Goin’ Up Yonder.” In the installation “Familiar Temples,” the houses are suspended near the gallery’s stained-glass skylight, as if ascending heavenward – but they also sprout roots.
This show addresses complex issues of ownership – of our bodies, our homes, our names and our institutions – and how that is often determined by race, gender and social class.
Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill; www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/galleries; 803-323-2493; through Nov 14.