Exhibitions

Exhibitions

CURRENTLY IN THE GALLERY


 

The acclaimed artists show work not only inspired by North Carolina, but also by travels abroad.

Rachel Campbell studied in her native New Zealand and in Canada before making her home in the United States.   For At Home in the World, Campbell refuses to get stuck in one style or place.  Subjects range from a cottage in Key West, where she recently had a residency, New Zealand landscapes, and take-out meals, to iconic North Carolina subjects like Krispy Kreme donuts, farmers market eggs and trailers. All her paintings are suffused with luscious color, her lively sense of line, and often her sly sense of humor.

Humor also animates much of the work of Madelyn Smoak, who combines found objects and crafted metalwork into surprising icons and one-of-a-kind examples of wearable art.  With a grant from the Durham Arts Council,  Smoak travelled to London to engage in mudlarking, which she calls “the time-honored practice of visiting the Thames at low tide to see what the waning tide has exposed on the foreshore.”  Items including pottery and pipe fragments have been incorporated into her jewelry for which the wearer can provide their own narrative. Smoak provides her own backstory for a series of intricate icons called Furious Fragments, which utilize mudlark shards, photographs and text about women giving in to anger.

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


ALEX HARRIS: NEAR AND FAR

presented by Craven Allen Gallery and Ann Stewart Fine Art

Opening Reception and Book Signing
Saturday, September 30, 5 -7 pm

Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor will be signing copies of Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price at the Opening Reception.

September 30 – November 4

Gallery Talk and Book Signing  with Alex Harris
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7 pm
Along with a gallery talk of the exhibition Near and Far,  Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor will be signing copies of Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price.  Talk begins at 6:30.

STATEMENT

My childhood home in Georgia, though privileged and suburban, was oddly ephemeral. My family had gone through several divorces and all the neighborhood families I knew either split up or moved away. I think now that is why I was so drawn to live and photograph in the oldest and most traditional settlements in North America: the remote Inuit villages of Alaska, and the isolated Hispanic communities of northern New Mexico.  As a photographer, I was eager to come as close as I could to the lives of the people in my pictures.

By the time I arrived in Cuba, I was no longer the same person who looked through the lens of my camera in search of family and community. I had my own family. And I was finally interested in photography itself, in what my pictures could tell me that I wasn’t already searching for or didn’t already know. I was also aware one crucial thing from my earlier work as a photographer that served me well in Cuba and guides me in my work today: how to immerse myself in a world and at the same time observe it, how to step back from the moment I am experiencing and take a picture – how to be at once near and far.


 

ABOUT ALEX HARRIS

For over forty years, Alex Harris has photographed across the American South, and in locations as disparate as the Inuit villages of Alaska, the streets of Havana, the fish markets of Mumbai, and the Hispanic settlements of northern New Mexico. Now Harris has selected photographs – some well-known and others that haven’t been widely seen – that are especially meaningful to him from across his body of work. In this exhibit, Harris also explores the various ways he’s approached and thought about the idea of distance as a photographer.
Alex Harris is a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies and of DoubleTake Magazine. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a Lyndhurst Prize. Harris’ work is represented in major photographic collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
On commission from the High Museum in Atlanta, Harris is currently photographing on independent movie sets across the South.
As a photographer and editor, Harris has published sixteen books, most recently in September of 2017, Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price, which he and co-editor Margaret Sartor will be signing in the gallery. Alex Harris is represented by Ann Stewart Fine Art.

Gallery Talk and Book Signing  with Alex Harris
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7 pm

Along with a gallery talk of the exhibition Near and Far,  Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor will be signing copies of Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price.  Talk begins at 6:30.


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