One of Charlotte’s newest galleries, the Southern Comfort Gallery, aka SOCO, is exhibiting a new series of works by New York-based photographic artist Liz Nielsen.
“Night Garden,” opening Sept. 9 (with a 6-8 p.m. reception) and running through October, will consist largely of handcrafted photograms – abstract artworks created using photographic techniques such as darkroom development, negatives, light sensitive papers – but without the use of a camera.
Nielsen’s work is brash, colorful and full of sneaking contrasts between hard lines and soft areas where darkroom chemicals burn and alter shapes and colors. Each work is unique, consisting of handmade negatives of various sizes, built with experimental light processes and printed in a color darkroom.
Many pieces are playfully representative, mostly of nature or plant life. SOCO is looking to serve individuals interested in beginning art collections of their own, with selections of Nielsen’s artworks falling in the $1,000 to $6,500 range.
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The SOCO Gallery, founded by curator Chandra Johnson in 2014, is committed to highlighting emerging artists working in all mediums but specializing in photography.
This story was produced as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance.
“Night Garden,” opens Sept. 9, with a 6-8 p.m. reception, running through Oct. 31.
The gallery is at 421 Providence Road; 980-498-2881; www.soco-gallery.com