The ga//ery space
The a/perture ga//ery is currently curated by Victoria Bartle. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Reception June 19 @ 5:30 pm
Walker is a young visual artist who also recently completed our Girls & Production after-school program. As a visual artist, her work focuses on film, pop culture, and iconic characters.
We’re big fans of Walker, and we can’t wait to have her art in the theater, starting the week of June 10th. Join us on the 18th for a complimentary glass of wine and meet this wonderful young artist
Mechanical and auxiliary objects have fascinated me since childhood. Initially, I learned how to work with metal on small jewelry and sculptures at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. Unbeknownst to me, metalworking would become a lifelong career and passion. Having spent the last two decades as a welder, machinist and designer, my work stems from math, mechanics, geometry and fluid motion. Some of the pieces represented here rely on computer aided design, while others have forced me to welcome disorder and confusion with persistence to realize a completed piece.
The work is heavy, coarse and dirty while simultaneously remaining airy and delicate. Mirroring the natural worlds brutal beauty is a common theme. When we combine the elusive quality of light and shadow with the weighty substance of the sculptures, boundless conceptual possibilities in multiple realms open up the viewer. The juxtaposition is something magical that stirs a person’s emotions.
The works represented here are simple forms driven by repetition, process, and pattern. Through the manipulation of various light sources, my hope is to create a space that evokes thought and creative visualizations of surprise and enjoyment. The spectacle of light is ever-present but often dismissed.
This installation, Brutal Beauty, is a collaborative effort between Gabe Bridges and students in the Lighting Program at the University of NC School of the Arts. I would like to thank to the Winston-Salem Light Project and especially Kim Smith, Dominic DeSalvio, and Michael Capertta for their work in illuminating my sculptures.
Artist Statement, Gabe
As a child, scanning through slides and photographs his father had taken, Charles Hahn found one in particular that stood out. It was a photograph of their family dog. It was not an ordinary photograph, as it seemed to capture the uniqueness and personality of their pet. From that early experience, he discovered the difference between an ordinary snap shot and a photograph, and he was hooked from that point on. During his high school years, Hahn spent hours and hours in the darkroom at school and at home. In the summer of 1975, this young photographer set out to document Chippewa Street, a seamy street in Buffalo, NY, for a high school art project. He photographed what would become the most iconic visual representation of the Chippewa Street area at that time.
Charles Hahn grew up in Buffalo, NY, and he currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC. Combining his love of fine art with his passion for street photography and portraits. Check out his work at www.hahnphoto.net/homeless.
Ivan Potter-Smith is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer native to North Carolina. He grew up in Asheville, raised by a family of artists who encouraged him to explore his creative side and recognize the inherent beauty in the world around him. In 2008 Ivan moved to Winston-Salem for High School and College at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied Visual Art and Scene Painting. Ever since his graduation in 2015 Ivan has pursued a freelance career encompassing Illustration, Graphic Design, Technical Theatre, and Teaching. He can be found here in Winston-Salem, and is always excited to collaborate on new and interesting projects.
Victoria Bartle is a 23 year old artist living in Winston Salem, NC. She has been drawing and painting since the day she could hold a pencil. Her favorite media to work with is watercolor, but lately she has been exploring in digital art. She sells original paintings, and take on commissions. Victoria recently started her own online business, Break A Wish Illustrations. // CONTACT: @breakawish.illustrations, @victorias.art.and.junk, email@example.com
Sean McNamara was born in Hudson, New York in 1984. He now lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife, son, and is expecting a daughter in April. // CONTACT: @seanrmcnamara
Jon was born on a cold January morning in Lexington in the year of our lord 1981. His loving parents, Ricky and Debbie taught young Jon the importance of honesty and hard work during his formative years in Reagan’s America. In his tweens Jon developed a strong love of music after attending family gatherings and rocking out to his cousin’s hair metal tapes. His love of music would lead him into hardcore and punk rock like Minor Threat and Fugazi. Punk demonstrated to a young impressionable boy how to live DIY, or “do it yourself” ethic that would becoming very important to Jon. Writing his many blogs or zines, his numerous musical projects, or his prolific ability to create stunning collages in the mail art medium, Jon has always found ways to express his thoughts and feelings. Traveling has also played a huge influence on the man, having been to Japan, China, and most of the countries in Europe that were involved in the World Wars. – Jeremiah Burns // CONTACT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340183173043813/
Justin Richardson is a landscape photography enthusiast living in Winston-Salem, NC. His interest in photography grew once he started traveling both locally and abroad within the last five years. Initially self-taught, he has become more dedicated to and invested in the craft. He is excited to share the special scenes the world provides. // CONTACT: www.jrich.photos; instagram.com/jrich.photos; firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Tucker lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina but traveling is where she’s most happy. Her photography is complemented best through the early, slower methods of photography such as 35mm and medium format film. Through her love of travel and wonder to experience new things her work gravitates towards capturing people who are passionate about what they do and the spaces around them. // CONTACT: annatucker.co; email@example.com
Before coming to a/perture, Beach Portraits was a collection included in Depiction – a larger show including fellow photographers from South Carolina. The collection was composed of four portraits taken in 35mm film by photographer, Kristen M. Bryant at Edisto Beach in South Carolina. When Beach Portraits later appeared in a/perture’s Gallery, from September to November of 2016, it included these three of the portraits from the original grouping and three landscapes. // CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Daniel is an an artist based in Greensboro, NC. Her current practice is based in functional ceramics and she also uses multimedia to create sculptures and paintings. Her work represents the tangibility of memory and thought through surface textures, ghostly forms and bold colors. She received a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from UNCG in 2015 and runs a glass and ceramics studio in Stokesdale, NC called Sunshine Art Studio. // CONTACT: email@example.com; (336) 408-3867; http://www.sunshineart.studio
Eric Juth is an artist and educator currently based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His projects tend to be developed around technological and media artifacts. In 2014 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Film Production and in 2011 a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies, both from Wake Forest University. As an undergraduate Juth studied painting and art history at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. During this period he also studied at Yale’s Norfolk Summer School of Art, Temple University’s Rome, Italy program, and at Webster University in Vienna. You can learn more about Juth’s current projects and exhibitions by visiting his website (www.ericjuth.com) or following him on Instagram (www.instagram.com/ericjuth). // CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a freelance photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY and have worked in a wide range of contexts, ranging from college sports to gallery showings. Influencing my aesthetic intuitions, much of my time is spent in a psychological science research lab as a doctoral student. I am also a marathon runner, a collector of cheap vinyl, and a coffee nerd. // CONTACT: Timothy Valshtein, (973) 670-9722; email@example.com; highwirephoto.com