Hi Folks! Friday seems to have some cool events going. Here’s the skinny for those interested in participating. Cheers!
12 NOON | “Works in Progress” by Arne Emerson, design Principal at Morphosis Architects at Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center
Focusing on the interaction between design, technology and fabrication, Emerson will outline how ‘process’ emerges as the central driver and catalyst for bringing theory and contextual research into realized form.
This is part of our ongoing speaker series “Ideas Without Walls: In Between the Spaces” presenting speakers working across disciplines to research and implement new ideas in theory and design. For more info here is the link.
The Haen Gallery | The Lumberyard Arts District in Brevard will be buzzing on Friday night as artists from The Haen Gallery and Lumberyard Studios gather to present new work, demonstrate techniques, and present installation art during Brevard’s Gallery Walk from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Circle Factory in Brevard will, also, be open featuring our favorite artists including George Peterson, Shellie Lewis and Ashley Lowe. Here is a link to the event.
During a recent trip to Brevard I was finally able to meet with artist George Peterson. It has been a year since I stumbled upon his work in an Asheville venue and I was an immediate fan. I witnessed five skateboards mounted in a row that had been cut, burned, scarred and painted as tribal art. The iconic, pop culture shapes had been put through destruction and rebirth giving them an immediate and powerful new story that holds my attention even today.
Geoge’s studio occupies a mid-century church building in the Arts District of Brevard. The sanctuary has been built out as a skate boarding and performance venue while the adjacent rooms are filled with his equipment and materials. He calls himself a “working class” artist and dedicates himself from 8 to 5 daily on his craft there.
George is self-taught. His influences are Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, Finn Juhl, Bob Stocksdale, tribal art and punk rock. The combination of influences from 100-year-old tribal art, 80’s California to the Western North Carolina mountains and interior fashion today make them from a time period and world all of their own. His graphic and rhythmic twist to classic wood-turning gives his pieces a rawness and vulnerability that evoke history and narrative. For me, it takes an intuitive hand to craft something that offers subtle complexity masked by simplicity. In George’s hands, Punk is reinvented and becomes a timeless and sophisticated art form.
George’s work will be showcased in a new show later this month at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in downtown Asheville. For more on his work visit his website.
Here are a few properties Kelly and I have been watching this week. Cheers!