Words by Abby Lloyd, Photography by Allison Griffin
Here at Fayetteville Underground we are kicking off June the right way by spotlighting three amazing artists to be featured in this month’s First Thursday on June 5.
Come join us to see New Orleans Artist Hannah Chalew and selected works from her “Nature of the City” series, which was inspired by living in post-Katrina New Orleans. Chalew is excited to share these works with us at Fayetteville Underground since it will be first place these works will have been shown as a body outside of New Orleans.
Chalew’s series examine the “tension between nature and culture in the built environment.” This series is not only representative of the ferocity of nature observed post-Katrina but also about the historical habitation across civilizations. When asked if she had anything further to add about her exhibit she wrote:
“I’m interested in the ebb and flow that takes places in urban environments: across lifetimes and civilizations; specifically what happens when human structures that are abandoned take on a second life as they are recolonized by nature. I’m fascinated by the new ecosystems created that are neither fully natural or fully artificial but exist in this fragile equilibrium which speaks about loss but also possibility for change. To me these spaces represent history and a moment in time, the ephemeral human presence, life and death and the power and beauty of nature over time.”
She is excited about her recent move to Detroit to start her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art which has given her a new ecosystem to internalize. Winter is a season that takes on an entirely new life in the Detroit and granted Chalew with new inspiration that she can hopefully and eventually share with us.
From Nature of the City:
Along with visiting artist Hannah Chalew, Fayetteville Underground will be spotlighting two very talented local artists Alli Woods Frederick and Elijah John Mathis.
Alli Woods Frederick has been working on a new series called “Transmutations” to be displayed this Thursday. These new pieces are influenced by change, “transformation created by situations and experiences that cause us to emerge as something entirely new.” To further develop her concepts she used a wide range of musical stylings from Iron & Wine to cellist Zoe Keating. This year she hopes to continue to grow and create to further explore “the constant refinement, exploration and experimentation of both new and old techniques and mediums.”
Artist Elijah John Mathis, a Fayetteville native, is motivated by Fayetteville and its saturated art community. He hopes to give back to the community what the community has given to him.
Uncivilized Monsters by Elijah John Mathis
Come and see these incredible artists during First Thursday June 5, from 5:00-9:00 pm and afterwards between 10-7 on Wednesday-Saturday and Sundays 12-5.
By Holly Tallon
Elementary school libraries. I loved my elementary school library. It was in the middle of the school, easily accessible by everyone, always inviting. I can even remember the smell of it, the smell of plastic-jacket books and buzzing Macintosh computers, of freshly cleaned carpet and polished wood. The librarians who ran it were incredibly nice. As a young student, I enjoyed being there so much that I volunteered as a library helper in fourth and fifth grade. I shelved book after book and then proceeded to check out book after book. read more…
Fayetteville, April 2, 2014 – Community Creative Center, a non-profit studio arts organization will host an exhibition of visual art from Fayetteville Underground artists April 4- 30 in McCoy Gallery in the Community Creative Center studios located in Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studio. Gallery hours are 8:30 am – 8:30 pm Monday – Saturday, Sunday 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Admission is free. A closing reception is planned for Thursday, April 24 6:00-7:30 in McCoy Gallery.
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