Frame of Mind: FOM Series presents “Oddity” by Kara Gunter
Anomaly, curiosity, quirk, phenomenon, singularity, “Oddity.” The FOM Series is proud to present the unruly, the irregular, the art of discombobulation created by Kara Gunter specifically for this show. Kara states, “This body of work deals with confusion, being out of sorts or not in harmony with events and surroundings. Ideas of escape from an overworked mind and obsessive thinking, and of being able to reorganize the body in hopes of forming a new reality for one’s self. The new ‘reality’ which is created is, however, a sort of surreal dream state, in which nothing completely feels right or makes sense–where action is redundant and blind.”
To take the case of “Oddity” just a little farther, we are honored to have Armitage Shanks (the master of all things sideshow/circus), FOM’s new celebrity spokesperson and international luminary, on hand to give us a true sideshow feel. You will get to enjoy all that he has to offer as you gather out in front of our place. He will regale you with tales of the oddities within!
And as a special treat, we will have Robin Souls from Dirty Southern Sideshow performing many of the classic acts for your pleasure. Come and experience everything from glass walking and eating to straight jacket escape to fire-eating…and many more.
Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.
Anastasia & Friends: “Two for Three”
On Thursday, May 3rd, Anastasia & Friends presents a redux of an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by world class artists, Blue Sky and Alexander Wilds and gallery curator, Anastasia Chernoff called “Three.” Legendary artist and Columbia native, Blue Sky is known worldwide for his paintings and murals and has received “best of show” awards at prestigious art shows all over the world, in addition to being featured in numerous international arts magazines and publications. His famous mural, Tunnelvision, is well known worldwide. “Three” will feature assemblages from his critically acclaimed, traveling “Truck Butts” series.
Alexander Wilds spent many years in Japan as a sculptor and architectural designer and is now Associate Professor of Fine Art at Benedict College in Columbia. Since 1974, Wilds has created a single figurative sculpture each year to document his progress as a sculptor. The show will feature several of these large scale sculptures in addition to other bronze and mixed media pieces.
Surrealist sculptor Anastasia Chernoff will feature two, new hanging sculptures created from stoneware and other mixed media from her most recent body of work, “Salvation Series.”
The gallery is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902.
S&S Art Supply: “Textures of the South”: Fine Art Photography by Bryce Dixon
“The magic of photography is the unique relationship evoked between the image and the viewer.” This May’s First Thursday on Main will feature unique and exemplary southern landscape photography by local artist Bryce Dixon. Along with the printed photos, the exhibition will also feature Aluminum photographs and newly published books of Bryce’s work. “My photography in aluminum allows for an image to take on a 3-dimensional effect with vivid color saturation while providing a texture and feel that cannot be captured otherwise.” AluminArte is high definition, photographic imaging on aluminum that uses a unique imaging technology. The result is a highly dimensional image embedded physically onto the aluminum, unlike images that are typically printed onto a coating and then applied to paper. These AluminArte photographs will last over 100 years with no fade – you’ll have to come and see them for yourself! “My clients love the richness that comes from the reflective light properties of my media.” – Bryce Dixon
In addition to the amazing work on the walls, the artist will also be selling a limited edition of professionally published books of his photographic works. These books are in full color and thick paper, with a limited edition of 100 of each… “The Capital City” revolves around Columbia’s beauty and “Textures of Charleston” is a composition of low country images near and around Charleston. Teaser, palm sized paperback books will be available for purchase too, only $5 each! The larger hard cover books are 8 1/2 x 11, and will be $40, signed by the artist.
Originally from North Carolina, Bryce Dixon lives in Columbia with his wife and two Shepherds. Known for his photography in aluminum, Bryce specializes in landscapes and commissioned works. His art can be seen at his gallery in the historic Arcade Mall as well as the Columbia Museum of Art.
Tapp’s Art Center:
“What Lies Beneath” by Gwyn Pevonka
Gwyn Pevonka is interested in heroic gesture of the 1950s, but having her own contemporary twist on it and glorifying femininity. Her work focuses on the empowerment of a heroic woman tackling the vulnerability of large-scale, the fragility of openness within her pieces, and the intricate monotonous technique of carved areas. Gwyn Pevonka’s work is intimidating in scale and enticing with the intensity of color. She graduated from Appalachian state in May 2011 with a BFA in painting. this will be her first solo exhibition in her professional career, please join her may 3rd to view; WHAT LIES BENEATH, Gwyn Pevonka’s newest body of work.
Also, Tapp’s will host One Columbia’s “One Month One Columbia Wrap-up Celebration.”
Wine Down on Main: Tarses Deux by Jenna Sach
If you missed Jenna Sach’s show last month at the FOM Series, your Main Street neighbors at Wine Down and Frame of Mind have worked with the artist to be sure you can enjoy it before its final close at the end of May. Wine Down presents “Tarses Deux” this month! Come and enjoy the artist’s interpretation of the philosophies of Carl Jung’s shadow self as presented in her photography.
Jenna says, “In art, man has been viewed with the same physique throughout the ages. Tarses is a challenge to the modern concept of what men are physically supposed to look like. Instead, I am showing real men with all their flaws. The idea of Jung’s philosophy about shadows comes into play when I’m lighting the male models. Instead of focusing the photos, lighting, and poses on sexuality, I wanted to explore the darker and subdued side to masculinity. This side usually resides within the subconscious, rarely ever shown…or even known to oneself.”
Grapes and Gallery:
Please join us for a fundraiser event this month. As you may or may not know, a physically and mentally disabled man was recently attacked in the Vista; everything was taken from this man except his only means of transportation to work, his bike.
The four hosts of this event (Anna Ross, owner of Grapes and Gallery, Brenda Bowen, Travis Johnson and Lindsay Wolfe) have decided to call on our friends and throw a cocktail party in order to raise money for the victim. 100% of the proceeds from the cocktail party will go to the victim; either his medical/dental bills, rent, because he is currently out of work. We have spoken with the victim’s boss at Mellow Mushroom personally to guarantee the use of the funds raised.
We hope to raise $1,000 to give to the victim. Please bring cash/a check. Whether you give $1, $10, or $100 – it is totally up to you.
Beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
For details (like the time of the event) you may contact Mark Plessinger by calling 803/988-1065 or e-mail him at (firstname.lastname@example.org).