Who to meet
Meet Durham-based artist Martha Clippinger at the opening of “MARTHA CLIPPINGER: Off-Kilter” at Hodges Taylor in Charlotte on May 17 from 6-8 p.m. The artist’s brightly hued works take the form of woven works, wooden constructions, ceramic reliefs and works on paper. John Yau recently reviewed one of her exhibitions for Hyperallergic, saying: “It seems to me that she — more than any other artist of her generation — has transformed the Bauhaus aesthetic of craft and fine art into something new and entirely her own.” This is Clippinger’s first exhibition with Hodges Taylor. On view through July 26.
Where to go
Head to SOCO Gallery in Charlotte May 15 from 6-8 p.m. for the opening of Guy Yanai: Sentimental Spring. For his first exhibition with the gallery, the Israeli artist created a set of botanical paintings and works on paper. The paintings are brightly colored with thick, decisive brushstrokes but also have a flat, graphic, collage-like quality. On view through June 21.
What to do
LaCa Projects in Charlotte will host an artist talk May 15 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with “The Manifested Landscape | A Message of Uncertainty,” an exhibition of new work by internationally-acclaimed artist José Luis Landet. This is Landet’s first solo exhibition with LaCa Projects gallery. He typically works with found materials that he manipulates and re-presents. On view through June 8.
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.
For a season-long visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article217677675.html