Large-Scale Art Installation by Coker College Alumna Opens in Charlotte, NC – Sept. 30, 2011

Rhizome, Candice Ivy’s collaborative sculptural installation located in a vacant church in Charlotte, NC’s, Plaza Midwood neighborhood, will open on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. The opening reception, which is public and free, will be held from 6:30 to 9pm at the church, located at 1201 Central Avenue in Charlotte.

View of the empty church

Rhizomeis a temporary site-specific installation that combines elements of local architecture and history to create a memorable experience for the viewing public. Born out of a collaboration between International Visual Artist Candice Ivy, Architect, Antonio Martinez, UNC Charlotte Students of Architecture, Logan Chambers, Cherish Rosas, Sean Wilson, Will Allen, John Winstead, and Faculty Advisor, Jennifer Shields, Rhizome was developed and realized over a span of 9 months.

Rhizome will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from 2-6pm, Oct.1 -30, 2011.

Ivy has spent the last nine months collaborating with architectural students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to construct the temporary installation. Located in what was formerly a central gathering place for the surrounding community, and a site of strong personal experiences, Rhizome is intended to reflect on both the history of the community and the ideas of transformation and growth.

A scale model from planning in April 2011

“I have long been drawn to working within spaces that are both architecturally and historically diverse,” explained Ivy.  “The challenge of working with students of architecture provided new perspectives on ways of organizing and constructing space, as well as how issues of culture, community, and history can be considered.

“A major goal for the project was to create a charged atmosphere that intimately considers the existing architecture, the history of the space, and the community.” said Ivy.

A multi-media artist born in Hartsville, SC, Ivy received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Coker College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

“Her senior exhibition more than ten years ago was an installation of large clay and vine forms,” recalls art professor and chair of the department Jean Grosser.  “It has been especially gratifying to see that imagery evolve in her drawings and installation work over the years.”

Ivy’s works have been shown nationally and internationally including in the Old City Jail in Charleston, SC, as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and at the Sguardi Sonori Festival in Venice, Benevento and Frascati, Italy.  Her video work has been shown in such venues as GASP in Boston, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, the Massachusetts College of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence, RI, and in the Berkeley Small Film Festival in Berkeley, CA.

Ivy received the Bartlett Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2006 and in 2010 was awarded an artist residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art.  In 2011 she was granted artist residencies from both the Taipei Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan and ALTER-Auberge in Montreal, Canada. In the Spring and Summer of 2011, Ivy created the site-specific installation, A Sounding, for St. Ann’s Park in Montreal, Canada and her solo exhibition, Feral at TAV’s Barry Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

“The McColl Center for Visual Art, one of the primary sponsors of Rhizome, is an amazing promoter and nurturer of the arts in North Carolina,” said Ivy. “Through my relationship with the Center, I have experienced the kind of support that every artist dreams of having.”

The McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community. The Center, a historic, neo-Gothic church in uptown Charlotte, houses nine artist studios and more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space.

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