Frame of Mind: FOM Series: The Photography of Preach Jacobs
One of Columbia’s own sons, Preach Jacobs is a photographer, a musician, an emcee, a journalist, and the founder of Sounds Familiar Records (www.soundsfamiliarrecords.com). He is also the editor of Mo’ Betta Soul magazine (www.mobettasoul.com). You can find this accomplished photographer’s award winning work on the covers of Vapors Magazine, Lo-Fi, and more. As a musician and emcee, he has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent, George Clinton, and Nelly, just to name a few. In fact, you can hear his latest single, “Baptized” at (http://bit.ly/uH2U8P).
For the February 2012 FOM Series, Preach will present photos of the people and places he has encountered during his world travels. Come and enjoy a fresh perspective, as documented by one of our favorite artists!
Anastasia & Friends: The Surreal Show Redux
For this month’s first Thursday art crawl on Main Street, Lindsay Wiggins and Anastasia Chernoff are co-hosting a redux of The Surreal Show. Surrealism is a movement in art and literature which began in the 1920’s that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, characterized by the evocative juxtaposition of incongruous images in order to include unconscious and dream elements. All of the artwork featured in the show was created using the surrealist approach and will include paintings, mixed media, photography, textiles and sculpture by Natalie Brown, Janice Dittmar, Nathan Fiveash, Libby Gamble, Kirill Simin, Lyra Stephens, Michelle Rogers, Lindsay Wiggins, and Anastasia Chernoff.
Surrealism stems from the subconscious mind, so it only made sense to invite Columbia’s most revered hypnotist! Dr. G. Fredric Mau, board-certified hypnotist and owner of Watermark Hypnosis in Columbia, will offer rapid induction performance art as part of the show. Dr. Mau will move volunteers into a hypnotic state very quickly – in 10 to 30 seconds – leading them through a variety of subconscious effects, including catalepsy, memory tricks, and anesthesia. The rapid-induction performance will explore the way participants react to suggestions using the subconscious mind. “The transition from an awake state to a hypnotic state can be achieved very quickly – almost as fast as turning a switch,” Mau says. “We do some of our best creative work when we relax, as anyone who has come up with a great idea in the shower knows. Hypnosis and art are collaborative partners.” We are honored and excited to have Dr. Mau as a part of the evening’s opening.
Many thanks go to the Roe Young State Farm Agency for sponsoring wine and cheese during the first Thursday reception.
S&S Art Supply: Futurespective – Lucas Sams, Early Masterworks
For First Thursday, S & S Art Supply presents Lucas Sams, and possibly a live music performance by a surprise group of local Jazz musicians! This exhibition chronicles a progression from the beginning of Lucas’ early work to more recent paintings. About his artwork, Lucas says, “My work is a visual synthesis of many varied sources of inspiration, from the Baroque to the Surreal. I don’t think about what I am going to create before I paint, allowing the work to evolve and essentially create itself.” He thinks of the artist as an effective conduit, approaching art-making like a mad scientist, combining traditional mediums with organic material and found objects, to create art that has a life of its own, transcending the normal boundaries of art on canvas.
Lucas Sams was born in Greenwood, SC, and has lived in South Carolina for most of his life. He has studied art at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Temple University’s Japan Campus, and USC. He is a painter, musician, writer, and sculptor; he is also a resident artist at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts.
Tapp’s Art Center: THE COLLECTORS
Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia’s center for art and music at 1644 Main Street, will show From Here to Mississippi, a photography exhibition. Tapp’s invites the public to mingle with the artists, see their work, and most importantly, celebrate the grand opening. University of South Carolina faculty, Kathleen Robbins and Eliot Dudik, both members of the photography department, will display some of their recent work. Robbins and Dudik will be joined by recent graduates and current student members of the University of South Carolina Photographic Society.
Also, in the spirit of giving and in celebration of the exhibition, Nature and the Grand American Vision, the Columbia Museum of Art, on Main Street in Columbia, SC, offers Pay-What-You-Wish admission on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, from 11am-8pm, courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
For further information contact Mark Plessinger by calling 803/988-1065 or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).