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SSG Artist Podcast: Amie Oliver

POSTED ON 2.10.2016

Amie Oliver talks about her work, on display at SSG through February 2016. More of Oliver's work can be seen at amieoliver.net.

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Artist Spotlight: AMIE OLIVER

POSTED ON 2.4.2016

Artist Spotlight: AMIE OLIVER

On view February 5-26, 2016, “Maps Planes and Water Marks” showcases the work of Amie Oliver. We’re glad to share this short interview with her.

How would you describe your work?
At present, and for quite a while my work has been all about the WATER... and the Ink. Originally, in the 80’s it was necessary to avoid working with toxic materials as petroleum solvents were making me ill. Now its an obsession with WHAT’S IN THE WATER... and investigating how pure my materials can be and the impact it has on my work and our world. I choose to work on the smoothest, most durable surfaces possible in order to best exploit and record the qualities of these materials as well as the environment and the weather conditions I am working in. Working with ink wash in NOLA is very different than working with ink wash in Salzburg, Austria, for instance.

Can you describe your process of making work?
It depends on where I am working. I work on a variety of materials at home but when working at an artist residency or on a train or the far side of the globe I choose to work almost exclusively on paper to aid in its transport home. My residencies are all about exploiting the natural and manmade resources available in each locale. I begin by creating a series of grounds which exploit these qualities. The grounds serve as a backdrop for the personal, subjective and ephemeral and change like the seasons. Much of the work here was initiated by a residency at the VCCA in Amherst and a related residency in Salzburg.

How do the materials you’re working with inform what you are making?
Water affects everything. It is sacred, it is essential, it can save us, kill us or inspire us. The better the water, the better the whiskey made with it. I like to think it (the water!) affects the maker the same way. The same with Salt. I was initially inspired to work in Salzburg because of its origins as a source for great salt. It turns out this city has some of the purest water in the world and has produced some of the greatest artists and thinkers the world has ever known. Is it what’s in the water or what’s NOT in the water?

What are you currently working on?
After this show opens I will be creating a light based installation for SHIMMER, a public art project in Chapel Hill/Carrboro next weekend. It will feature my ladder motif, leading up to a life size suspended origami boat.
I am also working with David Williams, documentary film maker whose LONG ART documentary was featured at the Virginia Festival of American Film and elsewhere around ten years ago.

Where can we see more of your work?
It’s auction season! I'll have work in Cabin Fever, at 1708 Gallery, as well as in VisArts' Fly Me to the Moon in March and also in Within Reach, the new Artspace auction - all in Richmond later this month. Beyond that interested folks can inquire at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va. where my work is often in inventory. I have also been invited to install a solo show of my work in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Lobby this year and that folks can always make an appointment to visit my studio in the Art Lab at 2216 Hull Street in Richmond. Projects and residencies are popping up all the time and usually noted on my website or public facebook page: http://amieoliver.info

“Maps Planes and Water Marks” opens Friday Feb. 5 and is on view through Feb. 26. Thank you.
 

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SSG featured on PBS’s Charlottesville Inside-Out

POSTED ON 2.4.2016

Thanks to Terri Allard and WHTJ's "charlottesville Inside-Out" for the great profile of SSG. Watch it online here.

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Artist Spotlight: Morgan Craig

POSTED ON 1.29.2016

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MORGAN CRAIG


On view through January 29, 2016, “Sustainability” showcases work from seven regional artists whose work expresses complementary environmental themes. We’re glad to share this short interview with one of the artists, Morgan Craig.

How would you describe your work?
I aspire to prompt others to consider what free trade, deregulated capitalism, the ever-growing divide between the rich and poor, and globalization has done, and continues to do to working class individuals and families throughout the world. I also intend for audiences to consider what different edifices can communicate about broader social and cultural processes.

Can you describe your process of making work?
My work begins with research, be it online or at the local library. I then visit the place of interest. If I determine that the aesthetic, as well as the history falls within the trajectory of my concept, I will then make sketches and take photographs of the interior of the space, or spaces. I then use both as tools for creating each painting.

Can you tell us about the subject of the paintings in the show?
The work exhibited in the show at Second Street involves three subjects: the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan, a facility that manufactures plastics in Nebraska, and the Bethlehem Wireworks in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Both the wireworks and the plastics factory abound with activity. These two facilities represent how manufacturing can still remain profitable and egalitarian, within the United States.

What are you currently working on?
I am interested in countries, which fall within the former Soviet Union, that possess edifices from that time period, and have experienced and continue to experience the effects of Capitalism in Communism’s wake. After spending time in Armenia and Georgia last summer, I wish to expand upon my research through a series of paintings.
Where can we see more of your work? My work is in three shows concurrently. One is a solo exhibition at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The second is a group exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia. The third is a solo show at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. I will be giving a talk on February 18th in Nebraska City, and March 10th in Salisbury.
 

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