Local Arts

Artful: What to do and see in Charlotte

“Words in Flight” from “The Alchemy of Life” series by Linda Foard Roberts, 2014, toned gelatin silver print.
“Words in Flight” from “The Alchemy of Life” series by Linda Foard Roberts, 2014, toned gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist

Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman and Kati Stegall 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, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).

Where to go

Visit Winthrop University Galleries in Rock Hill to check out Cat Del Buono’s “Voices” project in the Elizabeth Patrick Dunlap Gallery. The installation is comprised of 20 small video monitors displaying anonymous domestic violence survivors. Together, their voices create a cacophony of sound – undecipherable from afar. Get closer and hear each individual’s story. The project aims to give a human voice to the statistics around domestic abuse. The exhibition will be on view through March 11. While at the galleries, pop in to see Virginia-based artist Kristin Smith Skees’ exhibition “Cozy” in the Rutledge Gallery.

What to do

If you have been to an art event in Charlotte, most likely you have run into Ken Lambla, dean and professor of the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. Ken is one of the art community’s staunchest supporters. On Feb. 19, he will give a talk at the Mint Museum Randolph entitled “The Possibility of Architecture – A Challenge to the Culture of Form.” He will introduce Dalibor Vesely’s concepts in his 2004 publication, “Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation,” in order to, according to Lambla, “tease out how the present, recent, post-modern expectations of architectural form are not helpful in constructing a ‘more solid’ platform for both architectural production and criticism.” Coffee at 10 a.m.; talk begins at 10:30.

Who to meet

Linda Foard Roberts is one of our most recent Carolina Art Crushes. This photographer’s work is powerful and beautiful, and we enjoyed the opportunity to learn a bit more about her recently as she prepared for her group exhibition, “Kindred,” on view now at SOCO Gallery.

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