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What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

Retyping performance by Tim Youd in 2017: “Patricia Highsmith: Those Who Walk Away” in Venice, Italy.
Retyping performance by Tim Youd in 2017: “Patricia Highsmith: Those Who Walk Away” in Venice, Italy. Courtesy of the artist

Where to go

We highly recommend checking out Tim Youd’s exhibition, “Movable Type,” on view until Jan. 21 at Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. It’s just a short drive to see new work by the Los Angeles-based artist who is currently focused on retyping 100 novels over a 10-year period. Youd retypes the novels as a public performance, on the same make and model of typewriter that each author used, in a location with specific significance to the novel selected. Youd stacks two pieces of paper together and types the entire novel on the top sheet, repeatedly running the sheets through the typewriter. The two sheets, a document of Youd’s performance, are then presented as a diptych, encompassing every letter, space, and punctuation mark in the book. Curated by Paul Bright, the exhibition also includes a series of paintings utilizing typewriter ribbons, as well as a video from Youd’s recent performances during the 2017 Venice Biennale.

A detail of Tim Youd’s “Retyping: Patricia Highsmith: Those Who Walk Away”; 2017. Courtesy of the artist

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What to do

Looking for a way to get your little ones interested in art? Bring them to the Mint Museum Uptown 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 for Sunday Fun Day, a family-friendly event that includes gallery visits, artist demonstrations, family yoga and art activities.

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Among past Sunday Fun Day work: Pinwheels. Courtesy of the Mint Museum

What to see

We’re looking forward to “Interbeing,” new paintings by Kenny Nguyen, at Sozo Gallery (opening reception Jan. 5, exhibition on view through Jan. 31). There will also be a late-night opportunity to see it on Jan. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., during the Uptown Art Crawl. Nguyen’s title was taken from the relatively new term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and activist, to describe the essential interconnectedness of the universe. We are reminded that we are part of the whole web of life. We are not isolated or alone. It feels like a perfect message as we venture into the new year.

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.