Arts Scene: Fly your freak flag with the Artificialists
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
In February, some of the artists at Tivoli Studios and Gardens put together an installation and performance art event called “La Soupe Dangereuse.”
Some of those artists have left Tivoli and are working with other artists to start another arts collective called The Artificialists.
There is no bad blood here. Both groups are adamant about working together to promote the Charleston art scene in general.
Andrew Dyck, one of the members of the Artificialists affectionately refers to his group as “Charleston’s most industrious group of weirdos.”
The Artificialists and Tivoli are working together to present “La Soupe Dangereuse” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gadsden Funeral Home.
In addition to a group art show of about 15 artists, “there will be two bands, then performance art by the Artificialists, then a film (featuring some footage from the February event), then two more bands,” explains Dyck. The bands featured are La Soupe Dangereuse, Bones, Fiasco and Soul Pollution.
There also will be a fun photo shoot from 3-7 p.m. with La Soupe Dangereuse before the show.
In Dyck’s words: “For those interested in flying their freak flags, we will be having a photo shoot before hand with the lots of masks, etc., to help out those who don’t come in proper weirdo regalia.”
Gadsden Funeral Home is at 221 St. Philip St. The event is BYOB. Contact Dyck at 534-3932.
The city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department recently announced that local fiber artist Kristy Bishop will be their new artist-in-residence for 2012-13.
Having originally started out as a painter, Bishop started to incorporate fiber arts and sewing into her paintings.
She is now most often described as a mixed-media/fiber artist, and in my opinion, this is where she shines.
“Her most recent works are created solely from fabric, featuring hand-dyed silk that is cut, gathered and sewn,” said Ann Simmons, arts coordinator. “By hand dyeing the fabric, she creates a multitude of colors that she uses as her palette for creating new work.
“Thousands of tiny pieces of hand-dyed silk are manipulated to create large-scale abstract pieces that employ texture and color to convey and evoke a number of emotions.”
Bishop’s new role is sure to add a lot to her life as well as to the lives of aspiring artists.
“The city’s artist-in-residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction,” Simmons said. “The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston.”
Kristy will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two-hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages, she said.
Those interested should contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854.
There will be an exhibition of Bishop’s work in the North Charleston City Gallery inside the Charleston Area Convention Center through January.
The convention center is at 5001 Coliseum Drive.
Last year, the Pour House on Maybank Highway held a mural competition as local artists created music-inspired murals on many of the blank exterior walls of the venue.
Having been a raging success, the bar decided to do that again this year in conjunction with its 10th anniversary.
The Pour House issued a call to artists a while back asking them to come up with designs that fit their theme of “love. live. music.”
The new artwork will not replace what was done last year.
Instead, the event is expanding to cover almost every interior and exterior space that has not already been painted, from the outside and inside restaurant walls to the deck fence.
The artists have to create the mural between Monday and Sept. 2 and are encouraged to be painting while folks are there to see the various bands.
The paintings will be voted on by attendees of the final day of the anniversary week celebration on Sept. 3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning muralists, including a grand prize of $500.
For more info, check out www.charlestonpourhouse.com.